The new SEED case study series 2018 showcases how innoative eco-inclusive start-up enterprises in Africa shape sustainable development on the ground. The individual case studies are enhanced with short multimedia features that showcase the innovation, the partnership, the support from SEED and the overall impact of each enterprise.
This study presents Belle Verte, an ecoinclusive enterprise located in Quatre Bornes, Mauritius. Alongside overall economic growth in Mauritius, tourism sector growth in recent years has resulted in significant negative environmental impacts, specifically in terms of increased waste: Between 2002 and 2009 the amount of waste in Mauritius rose by 70%. Belle Verte provides innovative waste management solutions and raises awareness on the problem of increased waste in Mauritius. Belle Verte and its partners promote a circular economy using an innovative waste management system. Through partnerships with local businesses, municipalities and community groups, Belle Verte facilitates local workshops and public cleanups across the islands’ beaches, rivers, and the ocean. Furthermore, the enterprise works with local artisans to create, market and sell upcycled waste materials; and collaborates with a local glass recycler to establish a recycling value chain. Through its activities, Belle Verte generates a local market for waste collectors who earn an income from recycling local waste.
Further publications in the 2018 Case Study Series
- WASHking - Upgrading sanitation in low-income urban households in Ghana (Februar 2018)
- Unique Quality Product Enterprise - Empowering marginalised women in Ghana through reviving the cultivation of indigenous crops (Februar 2018)
- YICE Uganda - Improving access to training, funding and markets for rural farmers (Februar 2018)
- Sahelia Solar - Increasing clean and affordable energy access in rural areas in Burkina Faso (Februar 2018)
- Safi Organics - Empowering smallholder farmers in Kenya through an agricultural circular economy (Februar 2018)