GIMED: MonSapo, a Tunisian start-up recycling oils and ashes to produce ecological cleaning products
The use of waste cooking oil (WCO) as a reagent alternative product ensures their transformation from harmful products into beneficial ones. Thus, the possibility of using it for producing safe and ecological cleaning products is a promoting and environmentally friendly alternative. This strategy is very encouraging especially for countries which do not have enough space to produce vegetable oils. However, the researches in this field are still rare.
With more than 50 tons being consumed every year in Tunisia, one of the toxic detergents which present a danger to our health and our beloved ones. A single litre can contaminate 1 million litres of water which can block the pipes and pollute the world's layers. To tackle this problem, MonSapo is receiving training support under the GIMED project.
“GIMED has helped us develop the green business mindset, so we used the materials offered to us to tackle the pain point and find solutions that helped us grow”
The Tunisian start-up has looked at this thread as an opportunity to create a solution for two problems. It will use waste from cooking oil and wood ashes to create ecological cleaning products that will improve the quality of life of their customers and protect the environment from the pollution. Its proposal is also tackling the fact that the market is overwhelmed by toxic detergents, which not only present a danger to our health, but also pollute the water ecosystems, which is key for the 70% of the oxygen production.
“GIMED has helped us develop the green business mindset, so we used the materials offered to us to tackle the pain point and find solutions that helped us grow”, says Sabrine Chneui, the CEO behind MonSapo. The Tunisian female entrepreneur has been involved with the ENI CBC MED program since his selection. She describes the program as a fruitful opportunity, getting the chance to create a green business plan for her project.
With the training and coaching that have been given to the entrepreneurs, they got the chance to dig more into every aspect of the project and work on a problem-resolution basis to create a scalable business on the long run. “I would recommend never giving up and always believing in your skills”, says Sabrine.