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Sierra Leone News: Plastic recycling leads to income and livelihoods

Sierra Leone is one of the countries where youth and women empowerment are a major challenge. Successive governments have come and gone, but it seems the issues of youth and women’s empowerment are endemic.
According to Aminata Mansaray, of Crab town, “Having been taught how to produce several items out of plastic, I have discovered my trade.”
Also Kelvin Peters, from Juba, said, “I have never realized the significance of plastic. I’ll be making compound tiles out of it.” He underscored that there is money in refuse, if only one has the expertise and necessary training to put it into reality.
Chief Pa Alimamy Mansaray of Oloshoror Community said he would keep an eye on the recycling trainees as a way of implementing what they have learned.
The Project Officer WONES, Tena Kabba, said during their assessment, the most vulnerable communities were chosen, she noted that they started initial with 50 participants. Kabba said ,“They now have a form of livelihood and at the same time they are keeping their environment clean.”
Start kit were provided to all four communities, ranging from sewing ,machine , scissors, zips, thread, gloves, boot , glue, soap and many other items.
Forty-eight people from Oloshoror, Juba, Crab town and Congo town have successfully trained on plastic recycling by Women Network for Environment Sustainability (WONES) with support from UNDP at the Lumley Community Centre.
The training lasted for ten days, where 28 people were trained on weaving and 20 people were trained on tile production. These people were schooled on how to weave via waste plastic as they can now produce bag, purse and other items from it, and also can produce tiles out of water sachets, empty bottles and Gerry can which litter the streets of Freetown and cause havoc in flood prone areas.
By Mohamed J. Bah
Monday February 26, 2018.

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