There is a saying: “Everything is good with a pig”! But if we want to believe this Ugandan, the saying could be carried over to the banana! While most of the banana stalks are thrown away and not used, Muturi Kimani, head of TexFad, finds a way to recycle them.
In fact, it uses the banana stem to make textile fiber. Fashion accessories or interior decorations are then made from this textile material. At the head of his company, Muturi Kimani also offers vocational training for women and girls. A great idea for the environment and for employment.
Instead of throwing it away, this man who has always had a passion for weaving came up with the idea of recovering banana stalks for making textiles. Thanks to this part of the banana, he manages to create tissue, income and jobs.
TexFad is located in the Ugandan capital Kampala, where the entrepreneur has installed mining machines. The fibers then dry in the sun and are used to make various accessories such as placemats or baskets.
THE FIRST BANANA FIBER CANVAS SHOE IN THE WORLD, made in collaboration between TEXFAD (Uganda) and Umoja Africa (France) A combination of banana fibers and the famous Ugandan bark fabric makes the shoe elegant. https://t.co/KzyOnchHFR @GCICUganda @mtic_uganda @Tourismuganda pic.twitter.com/cgvqm51tMH
– Angarukamu Ronad (@Angarukamu) March 29, 2018
But that’s not all ! The residue from the banana stalk turns into fuel briquettes! Uganda is the largest banana producer in East Africa and there is no shortage of raw materials. It is also one of the Ugandans’ staple foods. In addition, TexFad buys the banana stalks from local producers, which allows these farmers to earn some income as well.
“New generation of 100% hand-woven organically grown banana fiber placemats at TEXFAD.” Photo credit: Texfad / Facebook Currently, the cost of mining equipment is the only slowdown in the development of this circular economy. While TexFad currently only employs 23 people, the managing director hopes to turn his invention into a nerve center in Uganda … and export his banana stick accessories all over the world!