My waste My Treasure

My waste My Treasure

Kitwe, ZambiaNdola, Zambia
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

To provide a cheaper energy alternative; contribute to job creation especially for women and youths, poverty reduction, recycling and environmental conservation by manufacturing products to arrest deforestation and land filling.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if everyone especially women got involved in working towards sustainable development?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Pollution, Land-filling, Climate Change and unemployment. Our Women and youth on the other hand I’d say am disappointed because only a few are taking lead in advocacy programs and making something out of their lives maybe because they see no hope for the future i mean employment because opportunities for them are limited.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Addressing the needs of youth and women unemployment by providing decent jobs, climate change by providing renewable energy, and deforestation by introducing an alternative energy resources from the commonly used charcoal from charcoal burners, Landfilling by sawdust by manufacturing sustainable products and poverty reduction by ensuring employment for local people thereby improving their livelihoods and that of those who depend on them.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

One of our employees Female employees 26 has only attended primary School, She lost her parents when she was 6 and could not continue with her education.At the age of 16 she become a street kid and was involved in drugs and prostitution.She says Working for the company and having gone through the training has inspired her to one day run her own company. She says you don't need to have a degree or PHD to have a successful life.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Not many people are addressing this problem yet even though some households who cannot afford energy for cooking gave resorted to using the sawdust or wood shavings directly as a source of energy. This is very dangerous for the environment as it produces toxic gases. My project however turns this sawdust into a product that is completely environmental friendly and produces no smoke or harmful gases at all.
About You
Da'joy Manufacturers
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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Da'joy Manufacturers

Organization Country

, CB, Ndola

Country where this project is creating social impact

, CB, Kitwe

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Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?

The project is addressing the needs of youth unemployment by providing decent jobs, (we have over 30 employees so far )climate change by providing renewable energy, and deforestation by introducing an alternative energy resources from the commonly used charcoal from charcoal burners, Landfilling by sawdust by manufacturing sustainable products and poverty reduction by ensuring employment for local people thereby improving their livelihoods and that of those who depend on them.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

My brother and I are still very young and we have already started experiencing problems from bigger companies who are trying to take up our project. We also have problems with transporting of our role materials. I think the government should put up measures that protect young entrepreneurs. We plan to involve older members of our famil to help us overcome this problem.

Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

The project is aimed at empowering youth thats why we introduce the activity in this style. Edutainment! No youth wants to listen to a boring lecture thats why we are fusing education and entertainment making a learning environment fun and habitable. We will address our community needs inform of drama and dance and music communicating to them about environmental sustainability and conservation, teaching them mitigation and adaptation to climate change, how to be creative and seizing the day with innovative ideas and knowing to respect eachother whether male or female. Atleast this way we are assured they will listen and drawing the energy and morale from the activity we’ll be 85% sure of implementation. We plan to open up plants in all the 10 provinces of the country.

Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

While we all want to generate a lot of income, it is imperative that we know
the minimum we must raise to achieve the proposed objectives related to fulfilling our respective
goals and covering administrative costs. the plan i can compare to a table just as it needs four leg to stand so will we need for pillars to guide our financial sustainability. These pillars are extracted from my experience;
1. Strategic and financial planning
2. Income diversification
3. Sound administration and finance
4. Own income generation
And also be able to deliver products and services to the market at a price that covers their expenses and generates a profit.

Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

About two years ago, I had a business idea which my family encouraged me
to pursue. This coincided with the first Zambian Children’s Climate Conference
by UNICEF, which I attended.
Having learned a lot about climate change, I got back home and decided
to recycle saw dust. However, I did not have the money to implement the idea.
This project was realized with financial assistance from a USAID project
in September 2010 and started operating in March 2011. One day, my brother
and I were listening to the radio and heard an advertisement about an NGO
that was funding youth businesses across Zambia. At the time I was in school
and below 18 so my elder brother, Kenny took it up. Our business was among
38 that were funded from over 180 applicants. That is how Daj’oy Manufacturers
Company Ltd was born.The company makes briquettes from saw dust. The product is a substitute for coal,
burns longer, and is environmentally friendly. I decided to do this to help fight

Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

Yapya- Youth Investment Trust of Zambia are responsible for the loan we used to start the business through Dfinance which is their subsidiary that handles all the funds loaned out. The mission of Yapya is to establish itself as the agency of choice for the provision of youth empowerment services in Zambia that facilitates countrywide job creation and increased income for young people through skills development, industrial placement, assess to market and to invest capital while leveraging a vast platform of local and international partners.
UNICEF Zambia- provide media coverage for the project to all its offices worldwide and local newspaper plus encourages the Climate Ambassadors involvement through the Wildlife Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ).

Women Powering Work
Is your project targeted at solving any of the following challenges?

Recruitment practices such as job postings, job fairs, and more

Does your project utilize any of the strategies below?

Creating partnerships with complementary businesses that will help your beneficiaries have more impact - such as creating a daycare center that supports a businesses