Enterprise Professional Services Program (EPS Program)

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Enterprise Professional Services Program (EPS Program)

Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
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Collins Apuoyo is protecting the environment by safely collecting, storing, and reusing used oil that is otherwise dumped in rivers or uninhabited land in Kenya. Through a creative financing model, he has turned his project into a vehicle for economic development, by providing mechanics and disadvantaged communities with access to loans they can use to improve their small businesses.

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One of the most intractable environmental challenges Kenya faces stems from used oil dumping. From large oil companies to small-scale mechanics, polluters take advantage of weak laws to dump used oil in environmentally sensitive areas with no consequence. Through his credit for safe collection of used oil program, Collins proposes a proactive solution which essentially transforms polluters from irresponsible dumpers to protectors of the environment. Collins has developed a system to guarantee safe collection, storage and reuse of used oil. His program is built on an incentive scheme that initially targets thousands of small-scale mechanics operating in slums in Kenya to participate in his oil-for-credit program. This program collects liters of oil in exchange for cash rewards or loans which mechanics can then use to improve their businesses. These oil banks then feed into a central collection point from which companies that depend on used oil for production can purchase it. By seizing the opportunity to turn an income from safely collecting used oil, the program has quickly spread throughout informal settlements in slum populations, turning what was once a hazard into a vehicle for economical development and environmental protection.