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JPL: Transforming 'Waste' into Incomes and Job Opportunities

1er prix

Pays de déploiement

Liberia

Secteur*

Agriculture

JPL manages and operates mini oil palm mills in partnership with rural communities. In lieu of the traditional labor-intensive and inefficient manual extraction technique, they use our machines to process palm oil. Our machines reduce processing time by 90% and increase extraction rates by 50%. As a result, the smallholder farmers with whom we work have seen their incomes increase by about 80%. We also purchase the palm kernels from smallholders, and process them into palm kernel oil to create a range of beauty products – including lotions, moisturizers and soaps. By creating a productive use for the palm kernels, we help smallholders further grow their incomes from trading a resource that was previously seen as waste. Finally, we have structured our distribution model to address the alarming rate of youth unemployment. We have recruited and trained more than 500 young Liberians to serve as our Field Sales Representatives. The average Sales Rep has 5 years of education and would be unlikely to find stable employment elsewhere in the economy. Through JPL, they are earning decent wages and benefits (including allowances for health and education). Some of our Reps are even using their incomes to send themselves to college or vocational school.

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Payless Cloth Pad

Female entrepreneur

Pays de déploiement

Liberia

Secteur*

Santé

Payless Cloth Pad (PCP) is a reusable menstrual cloth/pad manufacturing project. This social business project is Liberia’s first totally affordable and reusable sanitary cloth/pad manufacturing company and it is an alternative to disposable sanitary napkin targeting constrained female population unable to afford disposable sanitary napkin during menstrual and post-birth bleeding periods. PCP will deal exclusively with local manufacturing of cloth pads for girls and will in some way tackle sexual gender-based violence. Poor Menstrual Hygiene Management has joined other issues to disturb the way of life of women; girls skip classes during their menstrual period thereby affecting their learning period, traditional and unsafe means of managing menstrual periods too have contributed to infection in women. PCP Project will curve the occurrence of these issues and safe $100s of Liberian Dollars in the pockets of those who cannot afford and create better alternative for first-time pad users. This project will employ Liberian seamstresses who will design and sew sanitary pads out of scrap for comfortable and longer use by girls who cannot afford expensive sanitary pads. The PCP Mobile App downloadable to anyone using a smartphone will help clients place orders, access locations of existing retailing centers and request customized service. PCP Customer Service via voice call will take orders for those without smartphones.

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The waste to charcoal project

3e prix

Pays de déploiement

Liberia

Secteur*

Énergie

Eco-Fuel Liberia, Our goal is to address the issues of poor waste management and/or disposal and deforestation by recycling waste into an alternative to cooking fuel which we have named ECOCOAL and other finished products that will contribute to solving the problems of poor wastes management and/disposal and deforestation across Liberia. The issue of poor waste management has been a serious issue of local, national and international concerns for over three decades now. Eco-Fuel, therefore, aims at collecting and recycling wastes to protect our cities from pollution as well as and the extension of our wildlife and forest from the impact of deforestation. With our enterprise, we hope to achieve the following: 1)provide affordable, clean, green and safe fuel (energy) for everyone. 2)provide employment opportunities for over 200,000 disadvantaged youths and women. 3)Replanting of over 30 million trees that were cut down for wood charcoal production. 4)Reduction of the emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere by over 90 percent.

Payless Cloth Pad

Prix du Public Entrepreneur Club

Payless Cloth Pad (PCP) is a reusable menstrual cloth/pad manufacturing project. This social business project is Liberia’s first totally affordable and reusable sanitary cloth/pad manufacturing company and it is an alternative to disposable sanitary napkin targeting constrained female population unable to afford disposable sanitary napkin during menstrual and post-birth bleeding periods. PCP will deal exclusively with local manufacturing of cloth pads for girls and will in some way tackle sexual gender-based violence. Poor Menstrual Hygiene Management has joined other issues to disturb the way of life of women; girls skip classes during their menstrual period thereby affecting their learning period, traditional and unsafe means of managing menstrual periods too have contributed to infection in women. PCP Project will curve the occurrence of these issues and safe $100s of Liberian Dollars in the pockets of those who cannot afford and create better alternative for first-time pad users. This project will employ Liberian seamstresses who will design and sew sanitary pads out of scrap for comfortable and longer use by girls who cannot afford expensive sanitary pads. The PCP Mobile App downloadable to anyone using a smartphone will help clients place orders, access locations of existing retailing centers and request customized service. PCP Customer Service via voice call will take orders for those without smartphones.