Christian Mwijage, Managing Director of Eco Act (Tanzania) received the AFIF Entrepreneurship Award 2017 yesterday in Nairobi. EcoAct Tanzania, is a social enterprise established to address the challenges of urban waste management, plastic pollution, deforestation and climate change. EcoAct recycles and transforms post consumer waste plastic into durable and environmentally friendly plastic lumber. Plastic lumber is an affordable alternative to timber, which reduces the need for building material manufactured from wood, helping to preserve forests, cut down on deforestation rates and effects of climate change. Plastic lumber made from recycled waste plastics are ideal product for building, construction,fencing and furniture making.
The AFIF Entrepreneurship Award, supported by the Rabobank Foundation, provides African-based innovative SMEs with support to grow their businesses. Six African projects were nominated as finalists for the AFIF Entrepreneurship
Award 2017. Eco Act (Tanzania) – WINNER 2017
The company was established to address the challenges of urban waste management, plastic pollution, deforestation and climate change. They recycle and transform post-consumer waste plastic into durable and environmentally friendly plastic lumber.
Aybar Engineering (Ethiopia) – FINALIST 2017
The company has developed the “Aybar BBM”, a technology that prevents excess water from suffocating crops and stores it for later use. There is no other similar technology in the market.
R n G Company limited (Kenya) – FINALIST 2017
The company sells packaged Rhizo-fix (groundnut inoculum), a biofertilizer that ensures a more efficient groundnut production. It also collects the groundnuts from local farmers to produce affordable cooking oil.
EuroFresh Exotics (Kenya) - FINALIST 2017
The company produces and exports fresh fruits and vegetables using innovative farming techniques. They also organise capacity building trainings for smallholder farmers.
First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics (Nigeria)
This company has developed the “Zenvus”, an intelligent solution to collect soil data using a system of electronic sensors. Its mission is improve farming productivity.
Kimolo Super rice (Tanzania) – FINALIST 2017
The company is specialized in processing and marketing branded rice and sunflower oil. The project is environmentally friendly since smallholder farmers produce paddy using water run-off from nearby hills.The winner was announced during the networking dinner of the Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2017.
The 11th edition of the AFIF “Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Growth” is taking place from 13-16 February in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference focuses on entrepreneurship and access to finance in key sectors such as energy, water, ICT, health and agriculture.