Alex Rose-Innes

Twenty-four year old Rosette Muhoza had become Rwanda’s face of the future as one of the country’s new group of green pioneers.

Without any training in economics or sustainability, Rosette and classmate, David Kinzuzi, (both only 21 at the time), simply followed their dreams and applied logic backed by research to make a difference on the continent of Africa. Finally, Muhoza’s business, My Green Home, was born.

Rosette had since been awarded the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Award as the judges knew that not many products were as sustainable as My Green Home’s unique innovations. was also flown to the U.K. to meet Prince Harry, a proponent of a greener future.

An entire new generation of Rwandans are following in Rosette’s footsteps driving sustainable innovation and contributing to green jobs while creating environmentally friendly products. Muhoza said she realised that the world would always have waste and that the logical route towards a better future lay in recycling.

Melting plastic waste in her hometown of Kigali, the two youngsters mixed it with sand, turning it into durable paving for construction projects. They soon realised that their product could also be turned into fertiliser. They realised that it was of major importance to understand the chemical composition of plastic as some of it could be very harmful to humans and fauna and flora. With their research and knowledge gained from practical projects taught at school, Muhoza and David knew they could bring answers to their country’s waste management system and solutions to a wider society of green entrepreneurs and innovators.

With her winnings, Rosette is planning on turning the large dumping site in Nduba into a community project, build infrastructure in Kigali and eventually own the best and most advanced recycling waste site in East Africa.

The government of Rwanda is already considering banning the use of plastic completely and one can only assume that My Green Home played a major role in this. However, Muhoza said it would not be possible for Rwanda to totally ban plastic and with the government’s plants only able to recycle about 5% of all plastic entering the country, she is convinced that her pioneering spirit would drive the future of green innovation on the continent as a whole.

With UNICEF realising that Muhoza and David are the faces of a better African future, various partner organisations had thrown their weight behind My Green Home and although the sky is considered the limit, the future would definitely be more eco-friendly.