by Kirsten Eldridge, Jolkona Volunteer
Our 16 social entrepreneurs in the Jolkona Catalyst program, a three-week mentor driven accelerator for founders from developing countries, will come from Bangladesh and Indonesia to Seattle next month. This three-week intensive program will allow them to further hone their business plans, learn how to tell their story, and gain new insights. We can’t wait to welcome them to our offices on October 25th!
Our next feature is Neng Niawati, CEO of Limbahagia. Limbahagia encourages people to view waste in a new way. Pollution in the form of plastic is a major problem in the cities of Indonesia. Limbahagia is currently developing a mobile application and system to facilitate the recycling process.
You can also register for our Jolkona Catalyst Showcase on November 11th in the beautiful, new Galvanize co-working space in historic Pioneer Square. Click here to RSVP!
Outside of this project and work, what else do you do for fun in your home country? What other passions do you have?
Enjoying making tasty cakes and garnishing them has driven me to build Ammar Cake. It is truly satisfying when I see the happiness in my customers’ eyes. Each cake is customized based on what they wish. In every cake, there is love.
What inspired you to start this venture?
Everyday I see huge piles of trash. It reaches 6 meters high in Batulayang’s landfill. Kapuas river, that we use as the source of water, is no longer clean because trash is dumped in that river. From that moment, I have been thinking how to absorb the trash. The people must be encouraged to separate their trash and they must be encouraged not to dump the trash but utilize it. The founder are I are trying to give economic value to the trash. We buy their trash to be recycled then sell the production. We keep trying to make trash trading accessible for everyone, so we also created a mobile application.
What is one obstacle you have faced in running your social business? How did you overcome this obstacle?
We must convince people to join our movement. People’s beliefs and habits are so hard to change. We are trying to arouse people’s awareness to start caring about waste contamination in the water that they consume.
What are you looking forward to when you come to the United States for the Jolkona Catalyst program?
I want to learn, get more knowledge and skills that I can use to cope with the situation that our enterprise is facing.