A young Nigerian woman, Olamide Babajide has devised a strategic way of turning trash to cash by making beautiful household furniture from waste products.
In an era when the rate of unemployment is on a fast increase coupled with the lingering decline in the country’s economy, Babajide doesn’t want to be caught up among the many young people who sit at home waiting for the government to provide them jobs.
To an average Nigerian, waste products deserve a place in the trash bins but this young woman feels differently, she sees those waste products as raw materials with which she makes beautiful furniture and accessories for homes, offices and social events.
The organization specializes in transforming recyclables like newspapers, straws, plastics, car tyres, old CD’s into household furniture and accessories for sale.
According to Babjide, the organization employs the services of some young persons to gather the waste products and get paid for their efforts in the end.
She had stated sometime ago that the idea was birthed during a trip to the United Arabs Emirates in 2012 where a piece of art that cost several hundreds of dollars was discovered to be made from corn shrubs.
In her words: “We are not like the everyday interior décor merchants, but ours is a different blend of interior crafting, where exquisite office equipment, like shelf, is used to beautify homes.
“Our personal decors are made from recycled products like woods, bottles and metals, which we turn to wall mirrors, wall frames and flower vase from unused materials.”
“Currently, we have trained up to twenty people since inception, and these people have started utilising the skills and knowledge gained in their various localities, encouraging the economy. We are changing the inclination.
“Our clients are in every state of the country covering a large demographic and we have been able to meet the needs of 98% of our clients.
“Waste Management in Africa is pretty new and a lot of people are unaware of the treasures we have in everyday waste. We want to awaken the consciousness of Africans to treasures in waste and let them know that “it’s a waste to waste their waste”.
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