Achenyo Idachaba: How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business
Achenyo Idachaba - Green entrepreneur
Achenyo Idachaba is the head of MitiMeth, a Nigeria-based company that makes handicrafts from aquatic weeds and other agro-waste. Full bio
riverine communities across Nigeria,
have been infested
have been hampered:
are unable to go to school
and showy, lavender flowers
in these communities.
the plant is also known by other names,
the plant is called Babangida.
the military and military coups.
the plant is also known as Abiola.
you remember annulled elections
rapid reproduction, destruction.
you think of death.
to "death to mother and child."
with this plant in the year 2009.
from the US to Nigeria.
this big leap of faith,
out of a deep sense of conviction
to do in Nigeria
and saw this very arresting image.
by dense mats of water hyacinth.
to go about their daily activities
"There's got to be a better way."
the environment is taken care of
into an economic benefit
whose lives are impacted the most
to find out more
one struck me the most.
that are woven around a story.
easily deployed within the communities
of technical skills."
"Three simple steps to a mega solution."
and harvest the water hyacinth.
the water hyacinth stems.
the water hyacinth into products.
to a community in Ibadan, where I lived,
predominantly made up of people
my dried weeds in hand,
to find out who could teach me
water hyacinth stems into ropes.
to the shed of Malam Yahaya.
is that Malam Yahaya doesn't speak English
of learning how to weave
dried water hyacinth stems
to come up with products.
to take this knowledge
their adversity into prosperity.
and actually weaving them
in a different light.
being durable, tough, resilient.
which is "killer of mother and child,"
with a quote by Michael Margolis.
about a culture, listen to the stories.
change the stories."
to Abobiri, to Ewoi,
About the speaker:Achenyo Idachaba - Green entrepreneur
Achenyo Idachaba is the head of MitiMeth, a Nigeria-based company that makes handicrafts from aquatic weeds and other agro-waste.
Why you should listen
In 2009, Achenyo Idachaba bid her corporate career in the United States goodbye and relocated to Nigeria to start a new chapter as a social entrepreneur. She founded Greennovative Chain, which provided research and advocacy services in climate change mitigation, and later founded MitiMeth, a for-profit social enterprise based in Ibadan, Nigeria, which she considers a tangible expression of her research advice.
MitiMeth creates eco-friendly handicrafts like home décor and personal accessories from weeds prevalent on Nigeria’s waterways. The company also conducts training workshops for locals on river handicraft product development.
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