Best out of waste in Oman: Turning scrap into furniture
What do you do when you have waste like wood or metal scraps? Dump them in the nearest bin?
An Omani entrepreneur from Samail is showing the way on how to get the best out of them.
Mazin Said Khalfan al Rawahi, 27, has a small unit at home from where he has been churning out furniture by recycling waste since 2013.
Speaking to Muscat Daily,
Rawahi said “I launched TEM Recycling Project in 2013 with a capital of just RO20. I make all kinds of products such as chairs, tables, fountains, gifts and items from wood and metal scraps manually with simple tools.
“I promote my products on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The products are priced between RO5 and RO450 and many restaurants and cafés place orders with me.
“I even hold workshops on recycling for school students.”
Rawahi’s TEM Recycling Project won the first place in the arts and crafts category in the Global Maker Faire which was organised by the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada) at the Oman Convention & Exhibition
Centre last year. He has also participated in other competitions such as Injaz Oman.
Talking about the challenges, he said, “Recycling wood and metal scraps is not an easy job. You need money to buy wastes from scrap dealers. It requires a lot of hard work and patience. A part of my house has been converted into a manufacturing unit.
“Success doesn’t come overnight. I wish to build a furniture factory and sell my products all over the world.
“I call on every young job seeker to become an entrepreneur and not be afraid of failure. We have to keep working hard to achieve our dreams.”
I promote my products on social media platforms. The products are priced between RO5 and RO450
Mazin al Rawahi