Jacigreen: cleaning-up Niger by producing clean electricity and fertilizer
Mariama Mamane, Nigerian founder of Jacigreen won the ARA Jury’s favourite Prize 2016.
The organisation Jacigreen produces natural fertilizer from water hyacinth, a plant harmful for the sea’s biodiversity which spreads on the River Niger’s surface. This process is made by compost, which produces a biogas that is collected in order to make electricity.
Mariama thought of this project along her studies in water and sanitation engineering at the Institute 2iE in Burkina Faso. “I noticed a wrong management of water and high costs regarding its consumption. I said to myself that I should act. I then started to do researches and I gather all this to make my project,” she says.
Jacigreen, an eco-innovative initiative, is looking to contribute to the environment’s clean-up operation and to promote a sustainable agriculture while filling a gap in the energy sector with clean energy.
“This initiative full of possibilities participates to the transition to a reliable and sustainable economic model for companies in Africa,” explains Olivier Mousson, chairman of the Société d’Encouragement pour l’Industrie National, who gave to Mariama the ARA Prize for support (Prix de l’Encouragement).
“It was a real struggle but I got the support of my mother, my family,” explains Mariama. “And in this process I met people really involved like some women who are quite motivated. I hope I can include them in my project and help them.”
The project now needs to be concretely built. Mariama should soon see her first bags of natural fertilizer being produced and should soon electrify a rural zone in “clean and limitless” energy. “Our next step is to elaborate the prototype for production. 2017 is going to be a crucial step,” she says.
Mariama see her project moving forward with partners like the city hall of Ouagadougou, the Burkina Faso’s National Office of Water and Clean-up but also her teachers and experts in the field. “Together we will succeed!” she says.
By participating at the LAB, Mariama managed to present her project to the various economic players. “I want to prove to everybody that we have to believe in the development of Africa through natural resources,” she says. “I am happy to see the LAB organising those kinds of events where I manage to meet really interesting people.”