After collection of flip-flops he cleaned, sterilize and put them on an open space to dry up, then he could sort them out according to the colours. The smoothening machine comes next followed by creating a block of slippers. These blocks are the ones now he chops with a sharp knife to the shape of the final products of animal toys like Girrafes, Elephants, Rhinos, Warthog tortoise and many others.
How did the community react?
The local community saw the good creativity in this young man. Though they wondered on the final product which comes out of the old and worn out slippers. It was an unfamiliar product but people liked them soo much. Benson had to start engaging more youths in this business as he had to look for the market for the product and as well to prepare new products.
“It was a challenge to engage and train more people on how to do the job since most of them were not sure of where to find the market and as well in this business, it required money to buy glue for joining the slippers in blocks. I was making too little on the sales” remembers Benson.
After 2 years the business kept doing well, Benson decided and was able to advance his business from roadside to now a real workshop. He rented a room and made it a workshop and also his store which was good for keeping his machine and materials for business. The community benefited a lot through his collection of this waste slippers and as well having engaged more than 10 community members in this business who benefits directly from every sale they make.