Circular Economy: NGO alleviates poverty with recyclables via waste for chop initiative  

From: Kazeem Biriowo, Abuja
A Non-governmental Organization, Steward of the Environment For Sustainable Change Initiative (SESCI) under the auspices of ‘Stop Don’t Drop’ With the support of Sustyvibes and German Embassy, Nigeria on Saturday launched an initiative that allows rural communities especially school children to shop for food items in exchange for plastic bottles.
The plan was to eradicte plastic pollution in the environment.
The Convener of SESCI, Adiza Ujo said the initiative was put in place to create a business start up for women to cater for their self, their children and to keep the environment free of plastic pollution.
“This is a #Waste_For_Chop initiative where community can exchange waste for food items.
“A lot of people goes to bed without eating food and ultimately, we are very much concerned about the environment and we ask people to bring their recyclables in exchange for food items,” says Ujo.
“You don’t need to go to bed hungry as you are solving the problem of plastic pollution in the environment, keeping the environment clean and at the same time you are empowering people in the communiy.”
She described the initiative as the best way to beat plastic pollution in a country like Nigeria.
The Head of Legal and Consular Affairs, German Embassy, Hanno Hille in his remark described the Convener as a woman who is passionate about the environment and the communities.
He said the initiative is apt to keep the environment clean, provides foods and of course empower women to cater for their needs and the households.
“I’m convinced when she told me the idea in empowering one household of the year and I had the pleasure of meeting Sunday and Margaret and I saw they belongs to not so privileged people in Abuja Nigeria.”
“I realised the idea Adiza has, could be so sustainable in order to better the life of a whole family in terms of nutrition, clothing, paying school fees by making more money through recyclables and this why we are here. Since last three weeks that I have been here, I’ve seen the changes already as I’m seeing lesser bottles lying around.” Hille disclosed.
A beneficiary of the initiative in Abuja posing with her items
A 37 years old Margret Yeboah, who is the beneficial vendor of the initiative in Gwarimpa village expressed joy over the effort of the NGO to bring the idea to her community.
Yeboah, who spoke in pigin English said, the more people bring the plastics, the more they get their food items in exchange for their efforts to keep the environment clean.
The Abuja Team Lead, Sustyvibes, Aniebet Obot in his remark described the initiative as the beginning of circular economy.
He identified it as the practical way to environmental sustainability and wealth creation.
Obot noted that the initiative encourages the children to exchange waste to their basic household need which they may not be able to afford or buy at a point in time.
“This will go a long way in enviromental sustainability because we are recycling plastic bottles, tins, papers, all of this instead of going into the land fills or littering the environment, will be brought back into use which goes a long way in sustainability so we are having a circular economy here”. He added.

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