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Income generation for women through plastic recycling in Benin

A project from Greening Africa Together/Alle Hand in Hand, e.V.
in Abomey-Calavi, Benin

Support us in setting up the first small plastic recycling center in Abomey-Calavi (Benin) that will be managed and run by womens' associations!

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About this project

Support us in setting up the first small plastic recycling center in Abomey-Calavi (Benin) that will be managed and run by womens' associations!

Who are we? 

Greening Africa Together (GATo) is a network of African and international: NGOs, universities (from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DR Congo, Kenya, Senegal, Togo, Uganda and TU Berlin) and communities which work together to encourage sustainable development. 

NGO EDUC’ECO,  a non-profit organization that was set up to promote and ensure the social, environmental and economic development of vulnerable populations in strict compliance with the principles of sustainable development in Benin. 

Our community partners 

We work with two different womens’ associations: The Association of GAMESSOU and the Women of Glo-Djigbe. The womens’ associations were founded to promote the socio-economic empowerment of women. The associations are based in Agla-Akplomey (Cotonou), Tankpe (Abomey-Calavi) and Glo-Djigbe (Abomey-Calavi). 

What is our goal? 

Women are often bound to traditional societal roles and are economically disadvantaged in Benin. The situation is especially difficult for widowed women and many women strive to earn an own income for greater independence and to afford a good education for their children. Plastic waste is not managed well in Cotonou and Abomey-Calavi. Therefore a lot of plastic waste ends up in the environment and lakes or the ocean where it harms plants and animals or is burned, generating high greenhouse gas emissions and toxic fumes. We want to tackle both problems at the same time!
 
The aim of our project is to contribute to the social and economic empowerment of women while simultaneously cleaning the environment from plastic waste and protecting the climate by giving this precious resource a second life.
 
In the summer/autumn 2022 we plan to  open the first small plastic-recycling center in Abomey-Calavi. The center will be managed and run by the women and all profits will go directly to them. In the center women will collect, sort and shred the plastic waste and produce new products that can be sold on the market. For this we need to purchase a shredder and an injection machine. 

Additionally women from the North of Benin have agreed to train the women of our partner associations over several days on how to crochet with plastic bags. The technique of making plarn (yarn from plastic bags) and using it to crochet bags, wallets, baskets and many more things has gained huge popularity in the crafting community as it transforms unused plastic bags into stylish environment-friendly items. The women will be able to sell their crocheted goods and the buyers replace one-way plastic bags with reusable and sturdy bags. Scroll through the pictures on top to get an idea of what the bags look like. 

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Support us in setting up the first small plastic recycling center in Abomey-Calavi (Benin) that will be managed and run by womens' associations!

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betterplace.org is the largest German donation platform. Since 2007 we have been helping people, aid organizations and companies to do good. All projects on betterplace.org are non-profit. Since we ourselves also do not work for profit, our platform is free of charge for the projects.
2007founded
12,500non-profit organisations
185m €for a good cause
Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (Logo)