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13 year old Rahmina Paullette from Kisumu warmed the hearts of many while being interviewed at the Churchil Show on Sunday evening.

The candidate at Kisumu’s M.A. Junior School proved her unusual intelligence in trying to curb the water hyacinth menace by recycling it to make a number of items.

Rahmina, a professional model and a young environmentalist explained how she transforms the water weed to sanitary pads, bags, book files and occasion cards.

Paullette during the interview on the Churchil Show
Paullette during the interview on the Churchil Show

Through this, she’s manged to put up ‘Zingi Pads’, a brand she uses to manufacture the pads using water hyacinth and other recyclable wastes.

She sells a packet of 8 at KES 50.

She says the idea of her project came after the weed infested Lake Victoria, and being an environmentalist, she thought of what solution to give in order to try help curb the threat.

“We did a research and discovered that the weed could actually be recycled into valuable products.

I ended up choosing to embark on pads to help the less fortunate females who can’t afford regular retailed sanitary towels” she said.

On the project, she gets help from her mum and Hyral Matete, her mentor and also the founder, Angels of Sunset, Kisumu.

Paullette however laments on getting the raw materials as a major problem. In a separate interview, the little girl explained that the casual employees she uses to get the raw materials sometimes don’t take her work seriously.

“They do not attend to me when they get some other work to do. This slows down production, and sometimes l fail to meet the demand” she said

She has bagged a number of awards nationally through her noble project including:

  • Green Kids Award for the best eco-project
  • Eco Warrior

She hopes to be a Neurosurgeon and an active Environmentalist

Here’s the full interview

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