Uganda: Rusia Orikiriza Paper Maker

Growing up in a poor family forced Rusia Orikiriza to work hard at an early age. Sometime back when the government imposed a ban on the importation, sale and manufacture of plastic bags, she saw an opportunity in recycling agricultural waste to make paper bags as an alternative. While the world's paper bag industry uses wood-based paper, Oribags Innovations, her company, makes bags from traditional materials like banana fiber and cotton waste. Orikiriza founded Oribags Innovations with capital of $300, which was largely generated from her previous jewelry business.

"For over two years, I operated with no profits and I had to struggle to maintain the business," said Orikiriza. She has since won several awards for her efforts including the 2009 Rising Star Award from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Young Achievers Award (Business and Trade) for her innovation.

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