27-Dec-2017 3:17 PM
A Non-Government Organization, Centre for Social Mobilisation and Sustainable Development (CENSODEV)is supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to recycle non-biodegradable products in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality of the Upper East Region.
The NGO is doing that with support from Self Help Activation Responsibility Empowerment (SHARE) Foundation, a charitable organisation based in Germany.
Part of the support package would include; the provision of micro start up credit facilities to SMEs in addition to empowering them to add value to the recycled non-biodegradable produced to make them marketable.
The Executive Director of CENSODEV, Mr Braimah Sanjage, who disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency in an interview during a coaching and mentoring visit to some of the SMEs, expressed worry about the spate of non-biodegradable products such as; Plastic Bags, metal products, construction waste and electronics in the region.
Mr Sanjage said indiscriminate disposal of non-biodegradable products in the region was too high and indicated that apart from the environmental and health hazards posed by those waste products, crop and livestock production could also be hampered. He lauded the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Dr Frimpong Boateng for pledging to put up stringent measures to curb the problem. He also gave the assurance that his outfit would collaborate with the Ministry to help address the issue.
The Director said CENSODEV had already identified some SMEs that were into Non-biodegradable products including the use of used water sachets, polythene bags, and plastic bags to weave baskets, dustbins, chairs and doormats for sale.
Mr Sanjage said some of the project beneficiaries had started producing workshop bags using the non-biodegradable materials as raw material and urged the Kassena-Nankana Municipal Assembly, development partners and other customers to patronise them. He said the project would also disburse micro credits to SMEs to enable them become self-reliant and to complement Government’s efforts at job creation.
“The project which is in its pilot phase will soon disburse credit facilities to identified trained SMEs in the area of entrepreneurship and will be replicated to other Districts of the region depending on its successes”, Mr Sanjage said.
He mentioned the creation of a Business innovation Start-up Centre for the transfer of skills and technology, exchange programmes, National and International trade fairs and annual SME forums as some of the implementation strategies of the project.
The Chief Executive Officer of Anazee Enterprise, Ms Anesthesia Musah, a beneficiary of the CENSODEV/SHARE SME programme pledged to use the ”Akurugu Dabo Mothers Clubs”, a group she helped establish to use both straw and the used water sachets for basket weaving. She said with the training received from CENSODEV coupled with the micro-credit, the group would expand its activities to contribute to wealth creation and mitigate the effects of non- biodegradable materials in the environment.
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