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ILORIN, NigérieILORIN, Nigérie
Year Founded:
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.

The transformational approach to waste management is the proposed project by the "Waste-Undertaker". This is meant to reduce the risk of exposing the directly involved illiterates who incidentally live below the poverty level to infirmities and encourage them lead a healthier/productive life.

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

What if this waste undertaker’s transformational approach to waste management in Nigeria could be embraced and sustained effectively to reform the current habit and make life better for all?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The project tends to prevent Health issues that could emanate from careless waste management which has become a threat to life perhaps, as a result of our population explosion which has been left unchecked. This is undoubtedly aggravated by the literacy level of our people while the working class and the youth are at the risk of the debilitating consequence that has the tendency to negatively affect nothing less than 70% of our population.

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

It's a multifaceted approach to waste/refuse management and it integrates a couple of ideas which in the long run culminate in human capital development and tendency to create job; Innovative refuse collection method will be employed while Effective disposal techniques and Waste recycling system follows at designated site and at a later date. The establishment of standard hospital with drug-distribution outlets to address possible imminent health challenges caps it all with efforts to scale the model. The model tends to promote a qualitative life by encouraging/enforcing a high level of hygienic practice since good hygiene via good waste management is a significant cornerstone for survival, health and general development of a nation.


The proposed project on its own has not received any award but I am currently a Scholar of the Wells Mountain Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in the United States.
Impact: How does it Work

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

I have severally had cause to witness indiscriminate disposal of waste as carelessly practiced by our people here in Ilorin, Nigeria. During torrential rainfalls, people see the accompanying run-off as channels through which waste and refuse are disposed. This practice had blocked water-ways and has summarily caused serious flooding which had claimed lives and millions of properties both in the past and present. During rain-free days, waste materials are disposed at nearby quarters; piles decomposed, stink, become breeding grounds for microbes with high potential for a disease outbreak thereby making lives unbearable for the people in the neighborhood. Our model will improve peoples' health and lives will be better-off again.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

More than 90% of the estimated 70% of the Nigerian population that live below the poverty level is concluded to heave a sigh of relief, significantly reduce rate of disease outbreak & have a sufficiently improved life quality when a research was conducted to this effect. The resultant effect of this initiative after it must have gained momentum is projected to be a revolutionized society with a change of perception and orientation towards waste and refuse management. This will culminate in a healthier society and increased number of productive workforce. Essentially, it will in turn along with other indices gradually eradicate malnutrition and poverty from the land. It must not be forgotten also that it has the potential to uplift the beneficiaries’ spirit and encourage them to seek their own solution when the issue of disease out break is brought to the barest minimum in the society.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The project will be accomplished by placing giant empty containers in strategic places in various communities. Dwellers will be sensitized to dump their refuse inside these containers. When containers are filled up, they will be replaced by new ones and old ones moved away with trucks to be emptied at designated center while at a later date, the debris will be recycled. The project is proposed for successful establishment and scaling within 5 yrs in our urban centers and it has the propensity for adaptation particularly in developing nations within 10 yrs to improve the community health.

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

Services rendered will be quantified monetarily and our clients (the vulnerable population) will be taxed relatively depending on the peculiarity and various other factors in each community. These clients will be sensitized via the media and a ledger will be provided for keeping their records for ease of accounting. All returns on investment to be achieved shall be reinvested for further effective services anticipated through collaboration.

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

"Waste-Undertaker" is going to pioneer this initiative in this environment and I am optimistic that with the kind of nuisance the pile of the debris constitute to all households in various communities and neighbourhood, the accompanying complaints and the readiness of the people to get the problematic waste evacuated at all cost following our findings, this initiative will definitely not only be a huge success but equally a sustainable project. Our project is original full of creativity and we are determined to pursue it to a logical end.

Founding Story

Having grown up in this nation, the concept of this initiative naturally came to mind with the sight of heaps of refuse left, right, center as one treads some of our major city roads. While studying to pursue my medical degree, I realized the implications of health issues that could result from our carelessness in managing our refuse and thus thought of exploring ways of increasing my impact within the society where I belong so that I can continue improve human welfare and as well touch lives. My ambition led to a strong desire to co-create a sustainable health solution and has really generated the concept of “Waste-Undertaker” as promptly mentioned in the context as demonstrated herewith.


Bolaji Oyeniyi Abimbola is a 300 level Medical Student at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria; Dr Adebisi P. Eletta is a Consultant (ENT), Federal Medical Centre Bida, Nigeria; Mr. A. Adekola Olusola is an Agriculturist MSc. Animal Prod. and a practising Farmer who is closer to the vulnerable population; Mrs. Lydia Modupeola is an Educationist and a Teacher who could use her expertise to reachout to the target communities through their children/wards. These personalities are resource people who will join hands with us to showcase their professionalism and actualize our dream. They have the right mix of roles and qualifications needed to achieve the project's intended impact.
CO-CREATION IDEA: Please offer a brief description of how you imagine a win-win partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim to better serve unmet needs in health. (Hint: Please mention the underlying business model envisioned that would make such a partnership sustainable.)

Our partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) as anticipated will be the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship. While it is expected that "Waste-Undertaker" (WU) will enjoy funding and possible technical supports from BI, opportunities for drug patronage will be opened for exploration either directly from WU to improve their impacts within the vulnerable population or other drug-seeking clients in Nigeria or better still, across Africa. Opportunities to better serve unmet needs in health are inexhaustible and in this circumstance, BI will have access to new markets, get better knowledge about the project and possible new research areas while WU will reciprocate by replicating the project nationwide thus, impacting more lives.

NEEDS: Based on you response above, please specify which of the following resources, operations or expertise by Boehringer Ingelheim you imagine leveraging to actualize the proposed co-creation opportunity. Please check all that apply. (Hint: while financing is often critical to scale, we are also interested in understanding what other assets or expertise could be leveraged).

Distribution Channels, Research and Development, Specific Disease Expertise, Relationships/New Contacts, Manufacturing, Human Resources, Legal Support, Technology Expertise, Public Policy Knowledge, Access to Capital.

EXPLANATION OF NEEDS: Please explain your choices in more detail.

This project essentially needs capital for its establishment and full operation until it is financially sustainable. Equipments and other materials are pressing issues in the project which are needed to be procured and put in place for commencement and smooth operation.
Human resources will be harnessed locally for the start-up, new contacts and relationships will be necessary as a precursor towards seeking supports in scaling this innovation while the legal and government policy as required will equally be sourced accordingly.
When manufacturing is considered technology expertise is requi.

OFFER: What are the main assets you may contribute in a co-creation partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim that would better serve unmet needs in health?

Deep understanding of an unmet need in a specific market/context, Access to and established trust with customers/beneficiaries, Insights into pricing and financing of health products/services, Insights into marketing, Insights into distribution, Insights into behavior change.

FOCUS AREAS: Which of the following best describes the main focus of your project? (select all that apply)

Improving the affordability of healthcare (e.g., microinsurance, reducing the economic cost of care), Increasing physical access to healthcare to people with restricted mobility or restricted access (senior people, people with disability, remote or difficult areas, etc.), Holistic solutions that work across the entire care continuum (including education, prevention, detection, treatment, management, follow-up), Models that engage other industry players (e.g., nutrition, athletic, mobility organizations)., Remote care solutions for health management, treatment, and diagnosis, Packaging of health products and services to address needs currently unmet.

Please share what your organisation and Boehringer Ingelheim will Co-Create together
Please specify what your Co-Creation will result in:

If you selected "other" above, please explain:
Please provide a 1-2 sentence summary of your Co-Creation idea
How does this project link to the core mission of your organisation?
Beyond social impact, how does this project link to Boehringer Ingelheim’s core business?
What are the specific inputs and actions that each side will contribute to this Co-Creation idea based on each of your unique competencies and experiences?
Please describe the potential revenue model for this Co-Creation idea.
What possible risks or challenges do you foresee?
Is there anything else you would like to share about your Co-Creation idea?
How much input do you hope to receive from Boehringer Ingelheim?

If you selected "other" above, please explain:
Besides Boehringer Ingelheim, what other types of partners might be valuable to carrying out your Co-Creation idea, and why?
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