THE MERE thought of using waste material to create handicraft and tools for daily lifestyle use may seem a difficult task, but for 13 year old Tiamoye Harding it’s a hobby that quickly turned into a passion.
Harding’s creative and curious nature has allowed her to utilise waste material to create affordable and environmentally friendly items through RISE Life Management Waste Innovation and Social Enterprise (WISE) Programme. The initiative which recently received a donation of $300,000 from CAC 2000 Limited, focuses on life skills training for inner city youth to create items from upcycled waste.
“The WISE programme has helped me to develop my creativity skills. It has been great focusing on the project that can help me in the future, rather than wasting my time on the weekends,” said Harding. “I have been having so much fun with it, I made pots and tiles made from foam and cement and painted
From left: Victor Brown, marketing coordinator at CAC 2000 Limited; Sonita Morin-Abrahams, executive director of Rise Life Management Services; Gia Abraham, director of CAC Foundation; Tiamoye Harding, WISE Programme beneficiary; Fred Reivin, project coordinator for WISE Programme and Samaine Gibbs, WISE Programme beneficiary (front, kneeling).
Tiamoye Harding, Waste Innovation Social Enterprise (WISE) beneficiary.