The Sankalp Awards are a long-standing tradition in the space of impact investing & social entrepreneurship that supports, honors, and brings together promising enterprises tackling some of the World’s key development challenges. We are happy to announce that we were among the top 3 in the Circular Economies sector.
SANKALP AWARDS 2021
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre (WEEE Center) emerged as first runners up at this year’s Sankalp Africa Awards that were held virtually early this month.
“Sankalp Forum is one of our largest initiatives that aims to bring the community together to help solve the problems that face us through cutting edge innovation and high potential entrepreneurship,” said Arielle Molino, Sankalp Lead and AVP Intellecap Africa. Improper disposal of electronic waste, or e-waste include throwing them in the dumpsite and burning them. This exposes the environment to toxins resulting in elevated risks of cancer and developmental and neurological disorders.
Globally, some 51.3 million tonnes of e-waste are generated annually while in Kenya, slightly more than 50 thousand tonnes are produced. “We stepped in to offer proper ways of e-waste management using technology and through creating awareness,” said Boniface Mbithi, the chief executive at WEEE Centre.
Since its inception in 2012, the startup has handled 10,000 tonnes of e-waste and created over 630 green jobs.