January 25th, 2016
In the first of our two-part series, we followed our Consumer employees Aimee Sealfon and Michael Moscherosch in Rwanda as they assisted in designing sustainable solutions for sanitary protection products. Now, we travel with them to Ghana as they partner with a team looking to turn waste into something useful and beneficial to the community.
People who live in developed countries take many things for granted. For example, it would be hard for us in the United States to envision a community where waste management is non-existent and garbage is piled up around you all day, every day. Yet this is the reality in many places in the world, like in the area of Ghana that we visited under the auspices of the Practical Impact Alliance (PIA).
The PIA was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s D-Lab to foster shared learning and collaborative action among a network of corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social enterprises with a commitment to scaling solutions to global poverty. Johnson & Johnson is a founding member of the PIA, which is how we came to participate in the group’s co-design summit in Kumasi, Ghana.
The summit had a goal of identifying appropriate solutions for developing countries to address needs of rural communities such as education, micro-financing, farming and waste management.