Wecyclers gives low-income communities in developing countries a chance to capture value from waste and clean up their neighborhoods through incentive-based recycling.
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO. Bilikiss is a graduate of Fisk University, Vanderbilt University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She is an Echoing Green Fellow and a 2013 recipient of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.
Jonathan Kola, CTO, brings mobile development experience from work with M-Pesa in Kenya. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Harvard College. Jonathan is based in Lagos full-time.
Wecyclers started from a class Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola took in September 2011 with Alex Fallon and Diana Yousef at MIT called Development Ventures. The class focused on solutions for people living at the Base of the Pyramid. The project took off when Bilikiss, Alex and Jonathan went to Lagos in August 2012. They built the first wecycle by the end of August with the help of Jack Whipple and Gwyndaf Jones from MIT’s D-lab. As of December 2013, Wecyclers has close to 4,500 households registered.