The Fusion Hub Creations: Upcycling waste into sustainable furniture

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Eco-tourism in Vanuatu, upcycling to create jobs for women, economic empowerment through kava retailing and independent podcast for social issues are initiatives that have at least one thing in common: you can support them through the Pacific Crowdfunding Challenge, run by StartSomeGood and UNDP Pacific Office.

You can choose the social impact enterprise (or several!) that feels close to your heart and support its crowdfunding campaign by donating a sum that you are comfortable with, or by spreading the word.

Crowdfunding is a method of raising capital through the collective effort of personal networks, customers and individual investors, usually via dedicated online platforms like StartSomeGood.

The campaigns on use an all-or-nothing approach which means if the projects don’t reach their fundraising goal the money is returned to the donors.

The Fusion Hub

Sagufta Janif, a young social entrepreneur from Lautoka, Fiji, is upcycling waste into sustainable furniture, home decor and clothing items. The enterprise has already upcycled 1500 tonnes of trash and sold over 180 products.

The Fusion Hub runs “Waste-2-Worth” capacity building programmes for women living in poverty in which they learn joinery, upcycling, upholstery, power tool usage, and design. Upon completion of the program, the women are given a full-time contract to work with the Fusion Hub, or they can start their own upcycling business and become part of the Fusion Hub’s supply chain, a way of getting the market access. Through the programme, eight women have been employed by the Fusion Hub, 12 formed a cooperative in their community and 10 have become part of the supply chain.

Now, the Fusion Hub aims to establish a functional workshop to run more “Waste-2-Worth” programs, and to give a space for women to work on their enterprises and get business support. Another goal is to open a depot where the discarded items can be dropped off for upcycling.

Sagufta’s work has been acknowledged with several international accolades such as the Commonwealth Youth Awards Winner for Pacific Region and Youth Co:Lab Fiji 2020 Representative.

Learn more and support the project: The Fusion Hub