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Planet Green Africa – turning agricultural waste into safe and renewable energy

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For as long as she could remember, she cared deeply about protecting the environment and empowering women. So, it came as no surprise when she made the decision to leave her job as an Architect to start her first business, In House-Interiors, in 2014, to merge her two passions for the environment and female empowerment. Through In-House Interiors, Mwayi manufactures interior décor and green interior accessories using environmentally friendly raw materials. 

Three years after the successful launch of her business, she founded Planet Green Africa, with the same purpose of protecting the environment and empowering women. 

Planet Green Africa is a renewable energy company that produces eco-friendly cooking briquettes from recycled agricultural waste while closely working with the local women farmers to procure the agricultural waste. The organization partners with local women groups to sell the final briquette product. 

It’s a smart solution in the fight against climate change – creating a cleaner, safer cooking fuel option for the people in Malawi while saving forestry and championing women’s entrepreneurship. 

For this work, Mwayi has received several awards and recognitions including a special mention in Forbes Magazine as a 2017 Forbes Africa 30 under 30 recipient. She was included in the 100 Top Start-Ups under the World Youth Forum in 2018 and received the Obama Foundation African Leader of 2019 award. Recently, she was listed among the 100 Faces of Hope Awards at the African Women Summit. 

These awards pale in comparison to the impact Mwayi is making through Planet Green Africa. 

Today, the organization has a total of 516 smallholder farmers that have been economically empowered. These farmers make an extra income from selling agricultural waste that they could have otherwise just burnt in their fields. Mwayi is most proud of the 25 women that serve as business partners and business owners, selling charcoal briquettes in kiosks in their communities. 

While this work is done from a place of personal passion, Mwayi and her team, are supported by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT). 

Context 

In Malawi, a high dependency by local communities on trees and nearby forestry to provide fuel for cooking and a source of lighting is causing poor health amongst families (particularly women and mothers who spend prolonged periods cooking in the kitchen), and is causing rapid deforestation to the area.

Work

In Malawi, a high dependency by local communities on trees and nearby forestry to provide fuel for cooking and a source of lighting is causing poor health amongst families (particularly women and mothers who spend prolonged periods cooking in the kitchen), and is causing rapid deforestation to the area.

Impact

In Malawi, a high dependency by local communities on trees and nearby forestry to provide fuel for cooking and a source of lighting is causing poor health amongst families (particularly women and mothers who spend prolonged periods cooking in the kitchen), and is causing rapid deforestation to the area.

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