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Team Seam-Less For Hult Prize Abuja

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The Backstory and Cause

There is a saying in China, that if you want to see the colour which is in fashion and trend, you should check the rivers, the lakes and the seas. Second, to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world. It produces 20% of global wastewater and emits 1.2 billion tons of CO2 equivalent per year due to its extended supply chains and energy-intensive production.

Fast fashion waste pollution is a severe global problem that our project - Seam-Less - aims to solve.

Seam-Less is a fashion waste management company, that collects old, damaged, discarded clothing and up-cycles them into sustainable and fashionable items - an alternative to landfill disposal and incineration which is environmentally destructive.

Our research and estimation have shown that through the implementation of this project, we will be able to help reduce carbon emission by 3% per ton, cut water use by 4%, cut fashion waste disposal by 40% and reduce the environmental footprint.

Our project has shown great potential for success. Our ideas were presented at the Business of Conservation Conference on September 8, 2020. And in December 2019, we were chosen as the Hult On-Campus Competition winners. We have been granted the opportunity to participate at the Hult Prize Regional Summit and Pitch Competition, in Abuja, Nigeria as finalists representing African Leadership University On March 20 2020.

Our Ask

While this is an incredible opportunity for us, it comes at a time where we are still setting the pace for our vision and the trip is beyond our budget. To accept the invitation to participate in the regionals and attend, we need to raise $4,000 to cover flight, accommodation and food costs for the duration of our stay in Abuja.

Break down of costs:

 

  • Flights - $500(4) = $2000

  • Visa Costs: $150 * 4 = $600

  • Accomodation= $600

  • Local Transportation = $300 

Total: $ 3,500

Support

The regionals will be a launchpad for us to realize our vision of reducing the impact of Fast Fashion in our environment, and we ask that you support us by donating to our fund and spread the message by sharing this page.  

THANK YOU!

Meet the Team:

Gugulethu Dube - Zimbabwe

Gugulethu V. Dube is the Founder of Seam-Less and also an emerging social entrepreneur. Her time as School of Wildlife Conservation scholar at the African Leadership University enabled exposure to a wide range of conservation issues such as climate change, the exclusivity of various conservation practices and climate and environmental activism. This inspired her to start Seam-Less- a fashion waste management company tackling the make-dispose-culture of the fashion industry and circular economy, and it’s a contribution to climate change.

She is also a highly motivated by sustainability, project management, social justice and creative and business strategy. She seeks to advocate and learn more about these subjects through digital storytelling and academic research. 

Gugulethu is also an Advertising graduate with a specialisation in Copywriting. She has been lucky enough to work on various campaigns for renowned brands such as Mazda and OLX as a strategist and conceptual copywriter. She spearheaded a radio campaign which was a finalist at the Loeries Awards in 2019. Gugulethu is also deeply passionate about women empowerment and development of the African youth, which has allowed her to work with organisations such as Brave South Africa and the coordinating the Wildlife Conservation Course with Oxford University.



Tumiso Kevin Mokakangwe - Botswana

Tumiso Kevin Mokakangwe, on the surface, is an extremely focused finance enthusiast and entrepreneur who is currently pursuing his BA (hon) International business and trade at the African Leadership University, in Rwanda. With about 2 years after he was awarded the Mandela Centennial scholarship, Tumiso has been exposed to a lot of opportunities including writing, broadcasting and research-based careers that influenced his interest in finding solutions for most global issues affecting Africa as a whole. The invite to join Seam - Less fashion waste management came at a time where he was on a quest for something new and he had so much passion for the conservation experience and industry. 

Tumiso is a BA (hon) Accounting and Finance graduate with Sheffield Hallam University, that equipped him with the knowledge and the skills to follow his career goals. He was privileged enough to intern with Botswana Water Affairs Department and Barclays Bank Botswana both in the finance department. Tumiso Kevin Mokakangwe is currently making his way into learning more and making a mark as an entrepreneur and ideating more problem-solving research to assist most companies to become more sustainable and ecofriendly. The goal is to take Seam-Less fashion waste management company to the fast fashion and fashion commercial industries to create a more ecologically sound industry. 

Blessing Layee-Maima Caine - Liberia

Blessing Layee-Maima Caine is a Mandela Centennial Scholar beneficiary and an International Business and Trade major at the African Leadership University. She holds an Associate Degree (Honors) in Accounting and Finance, and certification in the African Technician Scheme of West Africa from the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA).

Blessing loves to solve problems. Throughout her years of work, she has been driven by the intellectual curiosity to find answers to the most pressing concerns and questions, especially issues when it affects the daily lives of people around me. She is passionate about emerging technologies, social ventures and uprising innovation that can be used to create social impact. 

She is currently the Head of Marketing at Campeedia, an online media company at shares intriguing and exciting stories of the continent to build positivity and momentum around the continent. She skilled in research, Social media content creation, project management, digital marketing, and communications. She is also an excellent team player, a fast learner, a hard worker, and an aspiring professional who is building a reputation for getting the job done.

 


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