BOHI Clean Green. is a small startup social enterprise organisation based in Kirinyaga County in Kenya, They became our trusted Partner for all things to do with the environment in 2022.
Centering its work around a plastic recycling facility it is seeking to:
- Give hope and purpose to vulnerable young people by providing training and employment
- Protect the environment and combat climate change by cleaning it up – collecting plastic for recycling.
Giving hope and purpose to vulnerable young people
Youth unemployment is a huge issue in Kenya.
Kenya is a very young country. According to the US-based Population Reference Bureau (PBS), 20.3% of the population is aged 15-24 (The average in Africa is 19.2%, and in the world 15.8%) 75% of the Kenyan population is aged under 30.
In 2018, unemployment dropped to 9.3% from 11.5% in 2017. However, following the COVID-19 pandemic it is rising again. In an article on 26th July 2020, a Kenyan newspaper predicted a 65% loss of jobs!
With significant unemployment, vulnerable young people will be those who find it hardest to find employment and with it hope for the future. BOHI Clean Green. seeks to empower vulnerable young people by creating jobs, and providing training (skill development) at its plastic recycling facility.
Protecting the environment
Kenya, like many third-world countries, uses a lot of plastic materials, especially plastic bottles, plates, chairs, tables, etc. They frequently break, especially in institutions like hotels, guesthouses, churches, and schools.
There is no proper recycling process, especially within the Mount Kenya Region.
Having established a plastic collection and recycling facility, young people will be employed to manage the recycling machine and products developed.
Combating climate change
Having contributed to cleaning the environment, the long-term plan is for plastics to be recycled and made into useful items, which can be sold to cover costs and in time provide finance to expand the operation.
BOHI BCG (Beacon of Hope International – Clean and Green) is a company limited by guarantee, registered under the Company’s Act 2015, It has no share capital. (Small Foundations and Non-profit preference over NGO)