From Plastic Waste to Jobs, Cleaner Air, Cleaner Water

Two young scientists and entrepreneurs in West Africa show how ambition and determination - and a little support - can transform plastic waste into jobs, education and hope for thousands of people. As their business grows, they aim to slow climate change, help protect oceans and build a more peaceful, prosperous Nigeria.

Vicfold Recyclers' co-founder and COO Folashade Amusa at work at the Vicfold "Recycling Park" located at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. Vicfold Recyclers intercepts plastic waste generated on the university campus, preventing the open-air burning of the plastic waste at the university dump site.

Women sorting through plastic waste at the Vicfold 'Recycling Park' located a stone's throw from the University of Ilorin waste dump site and landfill. Women play a major role in the Vicfold Recyclers plastic waste sourcing, collection and preparation system. Most of the women are unemployed and come from outside the university community.

Vikfold Recycler's Folashade Amusa (white shirt) with women who earn money collecting plastic bottles from the streets of Ilorin. Eighty percent of female street sweepers are "unschooled". Vicfold wants to give them another shot at education.


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