“What can you do with bamboo? It is just a stubborn grass, and it is useless”. This is the comment of one of the residents of Imafon community when we first introduced the idea of making items from bamboo.
Bamboo is often seen as a wild grass in most parts of Nigeria. This is the case also in Imafon community and its environs where bamboo is often burnt. Little did they know that there are lots of possibilities that can be made from bamboo.
We decided to change this narrative by engaging participants in the community on a bamboo to value empowerment program. It is a 5 months training program where the beneficiaries will not only learn how to make things from bamboo but also learn about business management, customer management, bookkeeping, communications, leadership and lots more.
We are currently in the second month of the training program. During the first month, we had two trainers from India, who taught the participants on creative ways of using bamboo. They can now make pieces of jewelry, table and chairs, cups, spoons, pen holders, card holder, lamp holders and lot more from bamboo.
Now the community is beginning to see the value of bamboo. Like we will always say “there is nothing called waste”, we are committed to empowering rural communities to become self-sufficient through transforming their local waste into value.
This project is supported by LB Foundation.