WATCH | The Ugandan entrepreneur turning trash into handbags

Self-proclaimed 'wastepreneur' Faith Aweko sorts polythene waste alongside her workers, for transformation into handbags, at the Social Innovation Academy (Sina) in Mpigi district, Uganda, on April 20 2021.
Self-proclaimed 'wastepreneur' Faith Aweko sorts polythene waste alongside her workers, for transformation into handbags, at the Social Innovation Academy (Sina) in Mpigi district, Uganda, on April 20 2021.
Image: REUTERS/ ABUBAKER LUBOWA

Ugandan entrepreneur Faith Aweko is the founder of Reform Africa, a recycling brand that turns waste to wealth.

Aweko has turned Kampala’s garbage problem into a solution-based business opportunity. Transforming plastic waste into handbags, she calls herself a "wastepreneur".

Aweko employs eight women who source the plastic and transform it into handbags that are sold locally and internationally.

Aweko is a member of MOTIV Tribe, which works with creatives and makers in Africa empowering them to refine and scale their businesses to meet demand for local and international markets.  

Faith Aweko loads polythene waste at a heat presser for transformation into handbags at the Social Innovation Academy in Mpigi district, Uganda, on April 20 2021.
Faith Aweko loads polythene waste at a heat presser for transformation into handbags at the Social Innovation Academy in Mpigi district, Uganda, on April 20 2021.
Image: REUTERS/ ABUBAKER LUBOWA
Faith Aweko displays finished handbags made from transformed polythene waste at Reform Africa in Mpigi district, Uganda, on April 20 2021.
Faith Aweko displays finished handbags made from transformed polythene waste at Reform Africa in Mpigi district, Uganda, on April 20 2021.
Image: REUTERS/ ABAUBAKER LUBOWA
Ugandan 'wastepreneur' Faith Aweko shows off some of the handbags made from transformed polythene waste at Reform Africa in Mpigi district, Uganda, on April 20 2021.
Ugandan 'wastepreneur' Faith Aweko shows off some of the handbags made from transformed polythene waste at Reform Africa in Mpigi district, Uganda, on April 20 2021.
Image: REUTERS/ ABUBAKER LUBOWA

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Posted by CEO East Africa Magazine on Friday, November 20, 2020

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