Gjenge MakersNzambi Matee
Nzambi is the founder of Gjenge Makers, a social enterprises with the aim to tackle waste pollution by collecting plastics (primarily water bottles) from households and institutions and converting the waste into paving and building blocks for construction. Nzambi is a trained engineer and schooled in biochemistry. The years following her college graduation has been working in a corporate environment, a proud achievement for both her family and her community. Although successful in her line of work, Nzambi saw an immense opportunity to address a need for reliable building products, alongside a greater need to reduce plastic waste in her community. She melted the two together and formed an enterprise addressing one of the greatest challenges facing her community: pollution and waste. The government works closely with Nzambi to provide her with all their plastic waste and recognizes the mutual benefits.