Trybe is a social, non-for-profit start-up from Uganda which has been founded in May 2019.
We upcycle and recycle kaveera bags and other abandoned material and produce fashionable multi-use products such as backpacks out of the material.

Geschäftsmodell: B2C

Mitarbeiter: 2

Status Kapitalsuche: Auf Kapitalsuche

Höhe der gesuchten Finanzierung: 10.000 €

Gegründet: 2019

Unternehmensphase: Start-up Phase (Gründung und Markteinführung)


Carina Keller, Martin Luba

Unser Produkt

Our start-up Trybe was founded by three Ugandans and two Germans last year in autumn. We tackle the one way-street of plastic consumption around Lake Victoria in East Africa. We fight against further plastic pollution and its destruction of natural habitats of wildlife and people. We prevent further economic and societal challenges at Lake Victoria region through shrinking fishing opportunities, disease outbreaks and opportunity grabbing. Our solution and upstream activity is youth engagement and education in sustainability and environmental sciences. We launched an upcycling and recycling facility of kaveera bags and plastic bottle lids in Jinja at Lake Victoria. So far, we sell re-usable and fashionable backpacks, school bags, shopping bags and festival bags but also prototype kitchen equipment. In the near future we will also cooperate with eco-tourism safaris whose guests can visit our production, learn about marine litter and the life challenges and get one of our bags.
From the profit we generate we finance “Youth Trybes” in schools which offer workshops in sustainable consumption and environmental clean up.

Unser Beitrag

Trybe is important because people from the Global South have the right to learn but not the opportunity to access relevant knowledge and information. Because they face terrible challenges like droughts, floods or disease outbreaks which are partly triggered by the global warming. But they are not aware that it’s mostly individuals and governments from the Global North contributing to this 21st century fever of our planet and partly themselves. Especially around Lake Victoria, an economic flourishing central water body, it is crucial to educate the local communities in how to prevent microplastic damaging their surroundings, source of life and income. As the citizens of East Africa are so young and willing to learn, this is the starting point for a sustainable future for Trybe.
Not only studies from the US and the World Economic Forum have shown that Climate Change education at a very young age is crucial to stimulate change: Trybe also conducts an empirical research and hence challenges its own business and education idea: Can a environmental learning program for children from the global south increase their willingness to pay for environmental public goods? How can a learning program manipulate their believes and knowledge about climate change and marine litter? Are there any intergenerational spillovers observable? All these questions we try to answer in our field experiment we currently conduct at various schools in Uganda. We collect data for six months and then conduct a statistical panel data analysis. We wish to proove our business model and mission but also give policy makers recommendations.
Next to the education program, we offer the people an alternative to single-use plastic bags which damage the environment tremendously in East Africa. There is no public waste collection or recycling system available. We try to re- und upcycle plastics, such that (a) more sustainable products can be made out of the abandoned materials but also (b) that people stop to burn their plastics in front of their houses.

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