The Coca-Cola Foundation awards grant to GBF to launch Empowering Collector Initiative (ECI) to create sustainable and viable plastic waste ecosystem in Nigeria
The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded a grant to Growing Businesses Foundation (GBF) targeted at strengthening the plastic waste management value chain through its Empowering Collector Initiative, a program designed to improve the largely informal plastic waste collection, aggregation and recycling process in Nigeria.
Speaking on the project, the President of The Coca-Cola Foundation, Saadia Madsbjerg, said the idea of the initiative was to create an economic ecosystem that would not only support environmentally beneficial actions but would also provide women with skills and trainings in the waste management value chain – enabling their economic empowerment and in turn improving quality of life for their families..
According to Saadia, “our commitment is to continue to enable the empowerment of women in as many communities as we can, providing them with the necessary knowledge required to improve their capacity to generate wealth in a more sustainable way and with a positive impact on our environment.
Growing Businesses Foundation was founded 23 years ago with a mission to combat poverty and promote sustainable and wholesome existing through meaningful development enterprises amongst the poorest people in Nigeria. They are a Member of the Commonwealth of Nations Initiative.
The Coca-Cola Foundation is the primary international philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, The Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world.