Rwandan Businessmen Recycle Old Tyres into Household Products

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Over time, many forms of businesses have evolved. However, the big question is, are these businesses sustainable? In most cases, some of these commercial activities involve pollution of the environment, making it unfriendly for future generations. Nevertheless, the issue with Rwandan businessmen is different; Mr. Kamana has established a workshop, looking out for the needs of current and future generations.

The Big Business

Mr. Jean de Dieu Kaman, founder, and owner of garden furniture, says that the idea to begin the workshop was initiated by people coming to his place and sitting on the car tires. After conducting thorough research, he started making chairs from the tires. As time went by, he came up with different designs, and it was not long before he began to get customers.

“I thought about starting this after people used to come to my place and use the tires as seats, then I realized I could make chairs out of the tires. I started researching to realize that it was possible. So, I came up with my styles,” he says.

Currently, Kamana has employed around 12 people in his workshop who make up to 15 lounge sets in a week. The lounge sets comprise five chairs and a table. Though the business is quite demanding, Mr. Kamana says it is also rewarding. The lounge sets earn him about 150 or 200 US dollars each, while a pair of shoes gets him 1 to 6 dollars each.

Where Does He Get the Tyres?

Since Kamana’s workshop relies on tyres as the primary material, he links up with people selling the tyres. In most cases, the people going around the capital collecting old tyres and also from garages. Usually, a single tyre goes for 5 US dollars.

Benefits of the Business

Kamana’s workshop has contributed significantly to the livelihoods of Rwandans. He says ever since he founded the workshop, he can comfortably feed his family. Kamana says how much he has grown to love his job, and he gets motivated every time he wakes up to run his business.

Also, solid waste management has been a significant challenge in most developing countries. For instance, Rwanda’s Environment Management Agency states that only 10 to 12% of solid waste is recycled out of 1800 to 2000 tonnes of waste released. The data is unfortunate, considering the garbage is the harmful and degenerate value of the land.

However, Kamana’s business has come in handy when it comes to waste management in Rwanda, especially as waste tyres form a large percentage of its waste. They pile up in garages, clog rivers and drainage systems, reduce the environment’s aesthetic value, etc.

REMA has welcomed Kamana’s efforts in trying to resolve the waste situation. From the Environmental Compliance and Reinforcement for REMA, Jacques stated that they appreciate the practice and urged people to continue implementing waste management practices. He applauded Kamana for his creativity and encouraged the implementation of sustainable ideas. Meanwhile, Rwanda aims to increase the recycling of non-organic solid waste by 405 come 2029 and 2030.

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