One woman’s success story shows how green entrepreneurship could be an answer to both youth unemployment and environmental degradation in Africa.
At the age of 12, growing up in an environment full of plastic waste products, life was not as smooth as you might think. Sixteen years on – helped by the ILO – Rutto is the owner and director of Eco-Post Recycling, which turns waste plastic into poles and fence posts as an alternative to timber.
After I graduated, I got a job in a bank but I just kept thinking about where I came from. I was very passionate about trying to make a difference, especially for women and youth. I didn’t think working at the bank would help me so I resigned and started a recycling project working with boys who would pick up plastics in the industrial area,” she explains.
Since Rutto started the company at the age of 24, she has created more than 500 jobs, saved over 250 hectares of forest and eliminated over 1 million kilos of waste from the environment. She has won a number of awards, including a prize in the green category of an ILO-sponsored business plan competition.
Originally posted 2015-07-22 13:10:43.