Episode 01: Yaye Souadou Fall and E-Cover work to reverse the effects of mass rubber pollution in Dakar through eco-friendly upcycling

E-cover aims to solve the problem of ​​waste management in Africa by upcycling in an eco-friendly way in order to create marketable resources.

Mbeubeuss is an open-air landfill in the capital of Senegal, Dakar. This landfill exposes the entire city to many fumes and filth every day, leaving all surrounding communities to live in dire conditions. There are such limited options for them that they are forced to find ways to extract iron and steel contained in the tire waste and resell it. They are exposed to illnesses such as pneumonia, mycosis, and cancer. Surrounding communities have voiced complaints with little to no response.

E-cover is a start-up that proposes a solution to help these and other communities throughout Africa find a way of recycling all types of waste and apply it usefully and sustainably.

Yaye Soudaou Fall founded the organization in 2015 and participated in the 2020 round of the AFIDBA, a multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder, international, and bilingual program dedicated to the inclusive, digital, and sustainable economic growth in continental Africa, in partnership with Positive Planet International.

In two years, AFIDBA has accelerated 60 startups, from 4 countries, in 6-month programs for each batch of entrepreneurs. It has provided €540,000 in funding, with 72 workshops and 101 contributions to sustainable development goals in 2019 alone.

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