A Tanzanian recycling plant that processes waste paper was hit hard by COVID-19, but it made a comeback by shifting gears towards plastic bottles to make coronavirus-preventing face shields, according to Reuters. Based in Tanzania’s port city of Dar es Salaam, it has since made 6,000 face shields for about $2 apiece to be used as PPE for hospitals and health centers nationwide.
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Zaidi Recyclers was at an all-time high processing waste paper exported to customers in China and India. It reportedly earned around $37,000 in revenues monthly until its orders began to diminish. So, its founder Allen Kimambo seized the opportunity and he saved his business and kept all of his 38 workers employed.
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Kimambo emphasizes the importance of remaining relevant amid a crisis and adds, “If you panic, you will get lost and then you will not be able to come up or be active as you used to be before.” Tanzania has recorded 509 coronavirus cases and 21 deaths.
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Posted by World Economic Forum on Thursday, June 4, 2020