Nigerian social enterprise Wecyclers, devoted to incentivizing residents of the poorest areas in Lagos to recycle their domestic waste, has the potential to create 500,000 jobs in Nigeria, according to its founder. It is also leads to rewards for residents who recycle.
The initiative employs waste collectors who peddle special bicycles through neighborhoods, picking up recyclable materials from subscribers, who earn points based on the weight of their trash. The points can be traded for rewards, such as blenders.
She said: “along with unemployment and infrastructure it’s [among] the biggest challenges the city faces. But I must say that government is really doing an awesome job. I’m a mum, and I’m wired to give people credit. They have been incredibly supportive to us. They gave us an opportunity when we were just a team of students. They want to change things”.
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