Japan Provides US$90,572
for the Project for Expansion of Banana Paper Making Factory
in Mfuwe under Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects
On 18th December 2015, H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia presented on behalf of the Government of Japan, a Grant amounting to 90,572 United States Dollars, or approximately 1 million Kwacha to facilitate the implementation of The Project for Expansion of Banana Paper Making Factory in Mfuwe.
The recipient organization, One Planet Café Zambia, operates a project to extract fibers from banana stems, which are cut after the harvest of fruits and to export these fibers to Japan. The fibers exported are processed into the shapes of paper or paper products at the factory in Japan, and are sold under the name of “Banana Paper”. Thanks to this project, employment has been created for the local residents in Mfuwe, Eastern Province, which has been contributing to the poverty reduction.
The fund will be used for construction of factory buildings and procurement of machines, which will enable the production of not only fibers but also pulp, paper, and paper products in Mfuwe. Thus, it is expected that this project will generate new employment and help unprivileged local residents to accomplish social and economic independence.
In Japan, more individuals and companies started to relate to the idea of this eco and ethical paper. With broader distribution of Banana Paper, more people in Japan, despite being far from Zambia will indirectly contribute to the development of Zambia. By utilizing both public and private entities, the Government of Japan will continuously support the economic growth of Zambia.
To read the speech made by H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia at this ceremony, please click here.
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