Wecyclers awarded with African Development Prize by King Baudouin Foundation
Today Wecyclers is in Brussels to receive the King Baudouin Foundation African Development Prize for their innovative model and extraordinary work in driving change for Nigerian communities through recycling.
The aim of the prize is to acknowledge the work of African individuals or organizations who are significantly contributing to community development in African Countries. The monetary award of 200.000 € will support Wecyclers in scaling up their recycling business and broaden their reach within the city of Lagos and beyond.
What is interesting about their model is their mix of social, environmental and economic impact: while sparing tons of plastic form oceans, streets and landfills, they are contributing to improving public health in Lagos, creating jobs, teaching people about recycling and offering households an opportunity to capture value from their waste in the form of redeemable points which can buy families basic necessities.
The atmosphere at the Royal Palace in Brussels in the presence of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium for the award ceremony is a big change of scenario from the neighborhoods in Lagos where Wecyclers have brought their model to life. It is a symbol of what can be achieved through the empowerment of people and it reminds us that work on the field is ongoing, that the shake to change the plastic quo is a task for those who persevere.