It is our aim to keep in touch with all our graduates to see where life takes them. Emmanuel is one of them. In 2016 he supported us during Careers Day by advising Secondary students in their career choices and sharing his experience in the field of environment and social enterprise.
This year together with 10 Kesho Gap Year students we visited him at Takkazi, a Social Enterprise he funded in 2015.
It was an amazing and inspiring experience. Having the courage and drive to start a social enterprise is proof that Emmanuel has a strong personality. Without the past experiences he would probably not been where he is at this point of time. He did not only give us insights into plastic recycling and its business opportunities but also shared his story with us to encourage the graduates to follow their passion.
He started getting interested in waste management during High School. Not having the means to use public transport to go to school he had to walk. Every morning and evening he walked along a huge dumping site and that’s what drew his attention to waste management and its challenges. He realized that there is something wrong but did not know what to do about it. He started researching about it and after college he worked at a waste management organization.
He saw the potential in waste and that he could make a change in peoples life by providing job opportunities and at the same time positively influence the environment within his community. And he did it! The infrastructure is set up; plastic is collected, sorted and sold. Very soon he expects to get connected to power so that he can further process the collected plastic to increase its value. Once that is in place it there are other goals to achieve and to make Takkazi grow to an organization that can make a change.
But that is not all; Emmanuel wants to go beyond plastic recycling by creating awareness in communities. He has introduced environmental clubs in Primary and Secondary Schools. He believes changing children’s attitude towards waste management is key to realizing Vision 2030 goals.
Emmanuel said: “I can’t tell my story without mentioning Kesho”. That makes us proud and affirms us in what we do and the impact we can have.