Bishal Koirala, a well-known public speaker, social and youth activist, and volunteer with a family business background teamed up with Sajjan Md. Siddique, a social worker, youth activist, and volunteer to create “waste recyclers”. In this interview with Mr. Bishal, find how this young team of two noticed the need for local and sustainable solution for the poor waste management in Nepalgunj.
How did you come up with the concept for “waste recyclers”?
Sajjan and I were a part of Himalayan Climate Initiative’s idea pitching and problem-solving workshop where we worked as a team. Nepalgunj is a polluted place posing many environmental and health problems like Dengue, Malaria, etc. So, it was during that workshop that we realized we need to come up with a solution for better waste management practices. On the same line of the problem, we also learnt about the excessive use of chemical fertilizers by farmers which is hazardous to our health as well as the land. So, we came up with the idea of “waste recyclers” to use organic waste to make compost manure so as to solve the problem of both extremes of the spectrum.
Who are your target customer?
We have two kinds of products and services so technically our target customers are at both end of the supply chain. We collect biodegradable waste from residents, restaurants, corporate houses, and farmers and sell the byproduct i.e. biogas and fertilizers back to them. We are also providing service to the local municipality by taking care of the waste management system.
How do you plan to promote your products and services?
At this stage, we are speaking to the farmers currently. We already have 30 farmers who are willing to join our efforts. This will help us grow and create a road map for betterment. We are both youth activists so; we will leverage our personal networks to spread the word.
What social problem are you trying to address with your venture?
We are trying to focus on good health, well-being and better environment for all. We want to provide a feasible, desirable, and an alternative to traditional means of waste disposal and make bio gas and fertilizers out of that. This promotes social, logical, and environmental system of decomposition and waste management.
Do you foresee any challenge for your business?
I think the most challenging part would be laying out the pipe lines for the gas as Nepaljung is still not infrastructurally advanced. So, if that creates a problem, we will have to sell the gas in the cylinders. Other than that, we may face some administrative hassles, but government and municipality have been very encouraging so far.
If you win Yunus Social Business Challenge 2018, what will you use the seed fund for?
We will use the money for awareness campaigns and making fertilizers. For now, we are using traditional method to convert waste into fertilizers and bio gas. So, we could definitely use the money in that aspect.
You can reach Bikash Koirala at firstname.lastname@example.org.