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Waste to Wealth. The DIFAW Experience. (Culled from Green Life Magazine)

Waste to Wealth. The DIFAW Experience. (Culled from Green Life Magazine) (0)

Polythene or cellophane bags are often associated with adding to waste materials that often litter streets, block drainages and gutters in many urban and rural areas in Nigeria.


At   a   recent Agricultural   fair held at the outskirts of Nassarawa   State-   North Central Nigeria,   it was therefore interesting to see at one of the stands a women's group that had used water proof bags   that   is   polythene, cellophane   bags   and   also   plant wastes such as com to make durable, sustainable, colourful bags that could be used again and again. The women under the aegis of the Development Initiative for African Women   (DIFAW),   a   nationwide grassroots   women   empowerment organization had come to the fair to show case their products.


DIFAW's director of Operations, Hon. Ukachi Amaechi speaking with greenlife magazine said the women who hail from Taraba and other northern states use indigenous technology   of crochet using bamboo sticks, to carve out various products and designs. At the DIFAW stand, waterproof bags were transformed to fashionable hand bags, carpets, foot mats and purses; the items which can be washed, are also reusable, durable and completely recyclable. The women say they started knitting the products to show that wealth can be made even from what others term to be waste.


The DIFAW stand where the products were show cased, got quite a lot of attention and at the end of the fair was given a special recognition and award for innovative use of indigenous technology to promote sustainable living. The recognition and attention the women have received in making these eco-products, we hope will give them the much needed local and international exposure to show that as the world is more ready to accept, wear and use eco-friendly products, that next season's fashion and lifestyle products making its way across runways and shops around the world may just have its roots from Nigerian women adding value to waste products that in turn brings forth wealth

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