I bamboo my community because alternatives are fun. Divine Nabaweesi.
Posted On September 20, 2017
No one needs to be reminded that climate change is real. That deforestation has a dramatic negative impact on all of us.
I grew up in a very beautiful and green farm in the outskirts of Nairobi and I can tell you that this area is no longer green and leafy, you can actually count the number of trees which are cut every other day to allow for apartment blocks.
When I met Divine Nabaweesi from Uganda, I was very inspired. Through her organization, Divine Bamboo, they manufacture bamboo charcoal and other materials.
Bamboo has been in use for eons as a food source and a building material.
The organization aims to encourage a livelihood security for all bamboo growing areas in urban and rural areas.
In Uganda, there is a huge environmental problem. Deforestation is rising each day. Over 2,000 acres of forest is lost per annum.
Our solution is providing an alternative to trees through use of bamboo. This plantation grows fast, is not invasive, has a low maintenance and does not need fertilizers.
Divine also has a bamboo nursery used as an alternative for making furniture and other products that are otherwise made from trees.
In ten years, we hope to have influenced 60% of the community to be using charcoal produced from bamboo.
It was an absolute pleasure to have made it to the YALI RLC. I loved connecting with like minds.
I always tell young people to develop local solutions for their local problems.
This brave young woman has a Bachelors in Social work and Social Administration.
Growing up, she always wanted to become an entrepreneur.
It is also interesting that as a child, her relatives were always chasing after her in the bushes as she explored nature.
Discovering bamboo was and still is my purpose.
This fearless leader enjoys travelling, music and social events. She is also easy to please because she has no favorite food.