Founder- Tony Joy
At 23, I started my journey in social development with organizing a clean-up exercise in over 8 states in Nigeria on February 17th, 2015, from there I discovered my love for waste. I realized that I could do more with waste. The drive to keep doing something led me into Imafon, a rural community in Akure, Ondo State in 2016, where I decided to spend my time with people who are treated like waste, poor and marginalized. I wanted to empower them with skills and perspectives they need to make things out of waste.
Today, through Durian I want to see more empowered rural and marginalized communities that turn their local waste into value while regaining their dignity. I want to see more self-sufficient rural communities who know that they are not useless. I want to share my life with the rural poor and marginalized.