Vermicomposting to strengthen social cohesion
by Eleonora Vonafrom
I suggest to open a vermicomposting plant (managed by both rwandese and refugees) in order to transform organic trash into fertilizer through the use of earthworms. The project covers the entire supply chain: waste collection, procesing, retail. Beside its economic impact, the business has a strong social potential. In fact, an ecological waste management system could be set up and, together with the adoption of the eco-fertilizer by the community, it could benefit population’s health.
What's the business opportunity for host and refugee community
Business benefit: a)fertilizer sell; b)worms sell: worms would keep reproducing and could be sold to fishermen or as protein integrator for cattle; c)waste collection: markets or middle class families could pay to get rid of their garbage; d) renting out land for the vermicomposting plant; e) producing and selling quality organic vegetables. Promoting social exchange by: a)opening a retail shop at the entrance of the camp;b)hiring both refugees and rwandese;c)organizing an "enterprise open day"
How has it been implemented and what impact it had
Vermicomponsting is implemented already in different African and European countries with good results. In Europe (Italy) some municipalities opened public composting plants as a way to monetize waste coming from recycling waste managenemt. (For this specific case I would recommend a preliminar Do-no-Harm anaysis and the development of a peacebuilding strategy)
Our Skills and Experience
I do not have direct experience in this kind of business but technical skills can be easily mobilized both in Europe and in Rwanda. The Department of Agronomy of the Huye University could be involved as well.