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Winner of Global Change Award 2019 - Green Nettle

Green Nettle, winner of Global Change Award 2019, turns nettles into sustainable fashion fibers and give opportunities for farmers in Kenya to boost their livelihoods.
Susan Macharia, Sophia Mwai, Jonah Mwangi and Esther Muthoni from Green Nettle.

What do you grow in hard-to-access, thin-soiled steep slopes where irrigation is tricky, and machines can’t reach? The solution is as simple as it’s brilliant – you grow what would grow there naturally; stinging nettles. They are true survivors, requiring just some sun, a minimum of water and whatever soil you have. In return, the plants stalks used by the Green Nettle can be turned into a sustainable linen-like fabric. Process leftovers can be used to make paper and dyes. Besides potentially providing job opportunities and nutrients for more than 200 000 small holder farmers across Kenya alone, organic nettle fabric is a welcome, environmentally friendly alternative to conventional fabrics.

“Winning the Global Change Award and the grant means our project will get the global recognition and credibility we need to scale up our business and engage more local partners. The mentorship gives us opportunities to improve our production lines and, in the end, our, production costs. The grant however, will be used to prepay farmers, improve our production facilities, benchmarking and research,” says Jonah Mwangi from Green Nettle Textile.

Take the chance to support Green Nettle via Indiegogo!
Get all info at globalchangeaward.com.

SUMMARY
Focus area: Planet
Project: Winner of Global Change Award 2019
Country: Kenya
Team members: Jonah Mwangi, Esther Muthoni, Sophia Mwai and Susan Macharia
Company name: Green Nettle
Awarded: €150,000 
Year: 2019

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