Green Cities Inc.

Green Cities Inc. : Urban Youth Recycling and Agriculture Project

Monrovia , LiberiaMonrovia , Liberia
Year Founded:
2011
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

we create Clean and Green environment through waste value chain and also create job opportunity for youth through this means. with 6 employee in 2012 currently we have 15 employees. with a start up cash of $800.00 have been increase to six time the star up cash. Garbage is money join green Cities

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

What If "there was nothing like Waste Recycling"?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Liberia is mainly characterized by the consequences of the long and brutal civil war. More than 60% of Liberians are under 25 years old. Infrastructure and social institutions have been destroyed. The lack of infrastructure for waste disposal is a problem. Majority of the region has no systematic waste disposal. The trash contaminates the rainwater and due to the lack of sanitary infrastructure, the risk of infectious diseases is high.

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

These problems(Unemployment of youth and Poor sanitation), we will focus on waste recycling. production or organic compost for youth urban Multi storey Garden,and the Buying and Selling of recyclables. Youth in slum communities will collect recyclables( can, Bottle, Mental, Plastic, Aluminum, and E-waste) and sell them to Green Cities for livelihood opportunity. Introduction of Waste sorting with be done in various communities to help reduce the level of infectious diseases. young people with be train in organic compost and Waste management. They will be franchise by Green Cities to help established their own businesses. By recycling both organic and inorganic waste, we will be able to solve the problem of unemployment and poor sanitation
Impact: How does it Work

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

This project will create a great impact. Like in 2013, we received a grant of $15,000 from ActionAid Liberia to create opportunity for youths and reduce waste in the city of Monrovia. Five slums communities were selected for this project. 25 youths were trained and empowered to engage into waste Recycling Business. Currently, these youths groups are actively doing business in waste Recycling and helping to reduce the volume of waste in the city of Monrovia.

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

Has of now, these youth groups have been able to Reduce, and Recycle 25 Tons of waste. They have generated the total amount of $6,506.00 from waste Recycling. This solution make a difference in the following ways: Make these young people self-reliance, Make them innovative and creative, Allow the to be in Schools, and also make them think independently(Entrepreneur). This solution is now helping to build Liberia new generation of sustainable entrepreneurs. This solution is helping more youth in Liberia thinking big and are willing to take risk in business.

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

The main spread strategies moving forward is to be able to take this idea in all regions in Liberia in the next 10 years. To achieve this, Green Cities will work with these youth groups by continuously building their capacity and mentoring them in developing their businesses.
Sustainability

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

In the next 5 years, this company will be in the position to Reduce, Recycle 75% of the waste in the City of Monrovia. By doing this, we will be in the position to increase revenue. By increasing our revenue, we will be in the position of expanding the company by increasing the number of youth groups under our Franchise system. This will help to increase our revenue chain for further improvement in purchasing advance equipment for recycling.

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

In the market of Waste Recycling in Liberia, we do not have competitors. we are the only company in this business currently. Plastic Recycling is a new component of the company. we have indirect competitors in the area of organic compost production. Our indirect competitors are those who are importing chemical fertilizers(pesticide). waste recycling is a complex issues. more people are not willing to venture into it due to the lack of knowledge in this area. Before going in to this business, one need to have better knowledge about how it work and also the market. we have the market.
Team

Founding Story

In 2010, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation decided to support malaria control in some cities in Africa(with Monrovia been part of this project). Funding to suppprt this project in Monrovia was divided into two. some was given to CHF International and huge portion given to the Monrovia City Cooperation. CHF international used portion of the funding to construction the First Waste Recycling Center. After the construction, they trained some young people in Composting. After the training, James K. Mulbah(Founder of Concern Youth Inc. a youth Base NGO) was chosen to manage the facility. After one year of proper management, the facility was turnover to him for management. He started with six staff and currently have 15 staffs.

Team

James K. Mulbah-CEO/Manager- Manage the day to day operation of the Company. BA in Sociology, Diploma in Strategic Business Management -Sweden, Diploma in Peace Building, Certificate in Entrepreneurship- University of Wisconsin Stout USA & Washington Fellows of Young African Leaders. Henrietta Cooper Deputy Manager- Coordinate the affair of training in Waste Management. BSC in Biology. Abraham Conneh Field Manager BA in Sociology.
About You
About You
First Name

James

Last Name

Mulbah

About Your Project
Organization Name
How long has your organization been operating?

Project
Organization Country

, Monrovia

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Monrovia

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Customers.

Supplemental
Sector

Health and Hygiene, Improving Nutrition, Waste and Packaging, Inclusive Business, Smallholder Farmers.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

My customers are as follows: Youth Groups/community Base Organization, Market women, Students, and Slum communities dwellers. These groups value my solution for any reasons. The reason is, this solution is bringing good and save environment to their communities. I engage different customer/Recipient groups by serving as mentor for them. Most of my customers are youths from poor communities. The best way to keep them focus is to keep talking to them politely and encouraging them about life.

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The price money will help my initiative in the following ways:
Increase funding to support the reduction of more waste in Liberia, Create more opportunity for young people, Increase our production of waste materials, Make us more timely in collecting waste, and increase our profile. This funding will help engage into direct Plastic Recycling. This will help to reduce the huge volume of plastic waste in Liberia.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I pioneered the following entrepreneur initiatives:
Lead person-Youth Empowerment Training (A network of 120 young entrepreneurships trained by the US embassy, Green Cities Inc. CEO, Concern Youth Founder, currently youth Adviser to the US Ambassador on youth Empowerment/Entrepreneurship.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?

yes

Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

yes

Are you are a current Unilever employee?

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