Total loan: $5,700

Nokutenda Group

Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe / Services

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A loan helped to buy a plastic crushing machine.

Nokutenda Group's story

At the end of her story, one gets the sense that Stella's entrepreneurship business of making pellets from plastics while solving the plastic waste problem, is on the verge of taking off— all it needs is opportunity. The soft-spoken Stella is a lady staying at Lochinvar suburb in Harare and she is a member of the Nokutenda group. She started her plastic recycling business after her profits from poultry kept decreasing due to the flooding of chicken sales in the market, "l realized that sticking to one business was not economical as I was struggling to make ends meet". She then decided to start a plastic collection and recycling business and in doing so she faced lots of challenges and disapproval from her family as it was not easy for a mother to move around town with a sack looking for plastic waste, but she never gave up despite all the negativity she got. As the saying goes, fortune favors the brave, and one day Stella met a colleague who gave her more information on plastic collection from big companies that deal with plastic wear and this was just the right remedy she needed to grow and take a huge step in her business. Currently Stella is using her backyard for grading and storage of the plastic waste before processing into pellets which she then supplies to companies which make plastic products. Despite the little success she is currently enjoying, Stella’s dream is far from being complete: "We don’t have the equipment to crush the plastic into small beads and pellets, so we go to a crushing supplier, which is quite expensive," she says. "So we crush whatever plastic we can when we have the money." Otherwise, she explains, they use scissors to cut the plastic into the 2 mm pieces as a way of cutting costs. Faced with this challenge, her and her other two group members approached Thrive for further financial assistance, the group got a combined loan of $5700 and she will use her loan portion to buy a crushing machine for her recycling business.