TURNING TRASH TO FASHION, MEET YOUNG GAMBIAN ENTREPRENEUR
By Kebba Mamburay
Creating a precious good from rubbish, not to mention spearheading a huge creative effort, takes some work to say the least.
There’s nothing more fashionable than the huge tons of trash fouling The Gambia’s oceans and littering her shorelines. A creative young Gambian lady, Roz, is thinking along those lines in making a positive difference.
27 year old Roz F. Manga is a young Gambian entrepreneur who is on the journey to greatness in the creative business. She has a concept of promoting recycling in The Gambia, this is by collecting waste products and transforming them into usable goods. Roz realizes that a lot of people dispose their fashionable goods when they started to pill-off. As an astute innovator, she derives creativity and passion to become a proud waste product recyclist. ‘wax fabric’ is her trade. Interesting enough, Roz collects thrown shoes at the dumpsite and recreate them to amiable fashions and sell as a business commodity.
Successfully, she has a shop at the trade fair where she sells her reproduces. She runs a spot with her exhibitions attracting spectators and potential customers.
Roz attended the entrepreneurship training of EMPRETEC and this enhanced her business skills and made her more passionate about her trade.
Picture: Roz posed at her stall
Roz F. Manga, speaking to The Stone Circle, said she plans to transform car tires to a center-table, chairs, flower-pots, swings and many more interesting things. Many of her recycled products are hand-made products, made without the use of any machine.
She stressed that Gambians should cherish and buy homemade products so as to promote their products.
“I really want all Gambian to come out and support us the young Gambians. I have been in this business for 2years but this is the first time I have a shop in the trade fair and I have experience a lot. Although Gambians are coming out but we still have some that are sitting at the back and they really have to appreciate what we do, most of the products I have are all hand-mades.”
Roz was motivated some West African countries and seeing some with the ability of making more creative things, she thought of doing the same.
One thing that remains her challenge is:
“When others come to buy, even if you charge them a minimum of D450, they still want you to reduce it to D200 and if you have to reduce, you wouldn’t be able to cover up your profit or cost. We need their support to create more rooms for ourselves,” she concluded.