Best out of waste in Oman: Turn­ing scrap into fur­ni­ture

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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

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