Where We Work
Waste is gradually changing the face of our environment, if not the earth. Nigeria, with a population exceeding 170 million generates more than 32 million tons annually, one of the largest producers in Africa out of which an average 25% is collected. Solid waste management is the most pressing environmental challenge faced by rural and urban areas of Nigeria. As a not-for-profit organization partnering finance communities, governments, civil societies, environmental and developmental NGOs, our commitment has led us to crannies of the nation attracting brilliant minds working across the entire value chain on innovation, infrastructure, education, advocacy and clean up effort to keep waste in the right place.
Diwee powers is co-founded by two partners, Oluwapelumi Samuel and Oluwaseun Samuel who are active climate Enthusiast, entrepreneurs and detailed operational personnel. Diwee power is a subsidiary of DIWEECS NIG ENT which is focused on Renewable energy solutions. Ranges include biogas and wind energy solutions with maximum climate friendly considerations in all operations. Diwee Power started Feb 2019 and it’s centered around the usage of under-utilized resources to generate Renewable Energy and Climatic Mitigations. The major challenges have been transitioning from ideation to other stages due to factors like inadequate investment capital and the likes. The impact ripples through efficient climate mitigation, provision of energy and socio economical impacts with other possibilities as well. Diwee vision is to create a complete renewable Energy dependant system for all areas covered. Pelumi hopes that with his innovation over 10 million liters of petrol used to power generators daily will be saved. Reduce production and usage of Nitrogen-oxide producing fertilizers. Reduce amount of methane produced from organic waste in Nigeria. Make available cheaper cost of electricity for SME’s and low-income homes. Reduce GHGs equivalent by 20m tons by 2023
Ogunseye Babatunde is a trained Social entrepreneur and animal nutritionist, an SDG advocate and a preservationist of natural resources in relation to human use and food security. Owing to his passion to solve World Food hunger, food wastages and malnutrition, he founded Agrimax in 2018 which is committed to creating healthy and sustainable solutions for animal farmers and feed producers using insects to solve hunger and malnutrition caused by expensive feeds for animal farmers. Agrimax Limited is a registered Social Enterprise that produces cheaper, affordable and highly nutritional insect meal for Animals farmers (fish, pig and Chicken) and feed producers through insect (Black Soldier Fly) production and conversion of organic waste. Through the introduction of Insects; we have a target to provide unquestionable, adaptable and cost-efficient alternative sources of animal protein and this informs our passion and drive in ensuring that the problem of nutritional deficiency and malnutrition is permanently solved. The production of insect meal involves various processes of collecting organic waste from selected settlements and recycling the waste into maggot. The collected wastes are exposed to black soldier fly which lay eggs after feeding on the waste. The harvested eggs are kept in controlled environment with a degree of expertise needed. The maggots are fed with substrates and allowed to grow for certain number of days before harvested. Some of the maggots are harvested, dried and processed into insect meal, while less than 20% are kept under a controlled environment to complete the cycle in order to keep the farm running so we don’t run out of insect. Agrimax vision for a food secure world is to efficiently use resources in the best possible way thus ensuring there is sustainable protein meal for farmers and feed producers. Redefine Global Climate Impact through Insect rearing by converting waste to maggot thereby reducing co2 emission which is generated from the conventional fishmeal and soymeal. To reduce the cost of production by 70% for feed producers, fish, poultry and pig farmers by 2023.
Lightsup Energy Solutions is a social enterprise created majorly to address the problems of inefficient utilisation of waste and energy challenges among farmers, low income households and rural communities in Nigeria. Lightsup Energy is led by Udekwe Chinedu Martins. Lightsup specialises in the installation and production of Biogas and Biomass Energy from plant, food and agricultural waste specifically for cooking and lightning. Carbonizing units and kilns are used to carbonize collected bio-wastes after going through a drying system. The char is crushed, mixed with molasses, compressed with briquetting machine and sun dried. Presently, 2 main types of biomass briquettes are made: Honey-comb briquettes and stick briquettes. The company also fabricates and installs biodigesters for harnessing biogas energy from plants, animal and agricultural waste primarily for cooking and lightning. Chinedu hopes that with his innovation he will be able to reduce CO2 emissions, minimize deforestation & environment degradation, enhance sanitation and eventually create green jobs. Chinedu believes that in time his dream to become a global company leading the use of reliable green biomass energy protect our environment for future generations will be achieved.
Meyana is a ground-breaking renewable energy enterprise providing “green” energy and efficient agricultural and waste management solutions. The MeyanaWattsPro™ is a simple, smart, efficient and sustainable design that conveniently allows customers access to electricity in addition to cooking gas and fertilizer, all starting with wastes generated on site. Waste is loaded through an inlet into a containerized plug in system and the efficient controller handles it all. Through the process of wet anaerobic digestion, the waste is then converted into biogas, then purified into methane gas and used to power a gas engine that generates electricity and cooking gas.
Mer Best is the co-founder and CEO of Meyana. A trained Biotechnologist and renewable energy expert with several years of research interest in the area of bioenergy. His specialization is on fermentation biotechnology with specific emphasis on advanced biofuel and biofertilizer production. He holds an MPhil in Environmental Microbiology, and MSc (Distinction) in Applied Biotechnology from the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He is currently researching (PhD) on the suitability of Anaerobic Digestate (sludge) as carriers for microbial biofertilizer as substitute for sustainable Agriculture. Best and his team are focused on reducing methane gas produced by organic waste, save over 230L of liquid nitrate rich fertilizer and about 1000 metric tons of Greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere daily, ensuring cleaner sustainable energy for consumption. Best’s vision is to have a transformed society where crops are grown, cities fuelled, and wastes managed in a sustainable and affordable manner.
Mildev Green collects organic and human waste from public toilets and farms, recycling into biogas used to power backup Biogas Generators with no environment effect as well as organic fertilizer for smallholder farmers. Prince Chiemeka Nmenabu is the CEO of Mildev Green, and he is on a mission to provide affordable, clean, off grid, hybrid electricity to localized group of individuals in rural areas as well as in underserved low-income community via pay-as-you-go using specially designed photovoltaic solar cube. Mildev’s technology is fitted with smart electricity meters that leverage on AI and block chain technology to render decentralized and system adaptive energy use. Equipped with a 3G / 2G module it allows wireless communication with a web platform using any local GSM network to enable accurate and real-time energy monitoring. MILDEV also produces clean and affordable cooking gas – MILGAS. Produced from specially designed toilet which operates with anaerobic action in an airtight digester to get biogas which is filled in 3kg, 4kg and 6kg cylinders and then sold to our customers, most of whom live in rural communities. Chiemeka believes he can enhance sanitation through integrated waste management systems and reduce Co2 emissions by making his biogas stove available to rural and sub-urban dwellers. Also passionate about farming and food production, his biodigesters will provide organic fertilizer to help boost farmers income and ensure food security eventually.
Osayi Omokaro is the founder of Eco-Connect Portal, an audacious bold program to coordinate the waste/environmental management process in states all over Nigeria and Africa. He is an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Quality Management Systems (QMS) Auditor, Accessor, Consultant and Trainer, HHhHe is a Certified Business Coach, Business Development Expert, Business Consulting Expert, Business Management Experts and a Certified Public Speaker, trained at the Business Training Institute of Florida and the Pan African University, EDC, Lagos Business School. He has his academic background in Mass Communication, Banking and Finance and Management Sciences, he Co-founded several businesses and currently seats on the board of five thriving Companies; he is a certified Member International Strategic Management Institute (ISMI) and a Fellow Institute of Chartered Economist of Nigeria (ICEN). Eco-connect is a smart, easy to use mobile/Web App that allows households to turn their waste into a currency that could be exchanged for cash or other valuable items. Eco-connect Portal (App) allows households generate income from their waste and make raw materials consistently available to Recycling companies.Users can simply download the app or visit the website www.ecoconnect.ng to create an account, pile up waste, notify eco-connect when they have a certain quantity and it is collected in exchange for points that could be redeemed accumulation of a certain amount. Eco-Connect State-wide Waste Management Portal harmonize the entire waste management system of a state on one platform that allows government to monitor all the activities of stakeholders, create competition amongst waste disposal companies (accredited by the government), allow households place request for their non-recyclable waste to be collected; Such requests goes to waste disposal companies assigned to that locality (and a notification to the government representative), the first amongst the waste disposal companies, to accept the request picks & get paid at the point of collection.
Salisu Abdullahi is the founder of eTrash2Cash, a social enterprise in northern Nigeria, which helps low-income Nigerians earn more, by exchanging their wastes for cash. eTrash2Cash collects variety of wastes (plastic, paper, metals, food, glass etc) from thousands of low & middle-income earning communities and commercial hubs in Kano through scrap dealers and mobile waste managers using technology, and exchange those wastes with direct cash incentives. Mobile wastes managers register low-income households on its web/app portal and use tricycles to collect wastes from the doorsteps of every household to a central site. These wastes are then reprocessed and recycled into reusable materials that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Food waste is converted into organic compost for use by the small scale Nigerian farmers, paper waste is recycled into tissue papers for use by low-income community members and plastic waste converted to termite-resistant plastic lumber for making benches, desks and chairs for local primary school. To date, eTrash2Cash has collected almost 110,000kg of wastes and processed 100,000kg of same. It has paid about N6 million to households since it was founded in 2016. Muhammad is on a mission to reduce extreme poverty levels in low-income communities of Nigeria through abandoned trash resources, protect the environment from various kinds of pollution and environmental challenges of the present time while creating awareness on key issue on the environment such as the climate change. We envision to create informed zero-trash societies that is sustainable and green in nature.
Ajekiigbe Timothy is the founder of Ecobuild Plastic Tiles. In 2017, Timothy was selected as top 5% innovators in Africa by Africa Entrepreneurship Award, in 2016, he represented Nigeria as a delegate at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 in Silicon Valley, USA hosted by President Obama. A finalist at LEAP Africa Social Innovator Programme award 2016. Originally trained as a Telecommunication & Electronics engineer, he has undergone trainings such as How to Build A Startup (Canvas Model) at Udacity USA, Business Finance Management at Rose School of Business in USA, Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Business – USA, Certificate in Business Management at Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of Lagos Business School, Adansonia Entrepreneurship Course at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy.