Lem Chaka is a pioneering food waste management company that was established in May 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Lem Chaka is a pioneering food waste management company that was established in May 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The company began its operations by collecting food waste from the Hyatt Regency and soon after, started collaborating with the Hilton, Aifa Foods and other restaurants in the city, including local fruit and vegetable markets.
Since its inception, Lem Chaka has made significant strides in transforming the way food waste is managed in Addis Ababa. In 2022 alone, the company processed nearly 200,000 kg of waste, and has continued to expand its operations to cater to a diverse range of customers.
Lem Chaka's commitment to promoting sustainable practices is reflected in the company's training programs and outreach initiatives. The company has led numerous training programmes and excursions with schools, participated in mega-projects and forest creations, and has continued to engage with the local community to raise awareness about the importance of environmental sustainability.
As Lem Chaka continues to grow and expand, the company remains dedicated to its core mission of reducing food waste and promoting sustainable practices in Addis Ababa and beyond. The company's commitment to environmental responsibility and social justice is evident in everything it does, and its impact on the local community is sure to be felt for years to come.
"Our role at Lem Chaka is to help establish the foundation of green circular economies in Ethiopia."
Yared has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is the Co-founder of Ethiopia Skate https://www.ethiopiaskate.org/about , a non-profit organization based in California and committed to empowering the youth by giving them access to skate spots as well as skate materials. He also the co-founder of Kushineta, founded in 2020 and that was chosen out of 150 startups that were funded by the GIZ. Yared is the co-founder of Lem Chaka and head of sales.
Sihine is a human rights activist and has a Master’s degree in African Economic Development at the SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies). She is a contributor to Jeune Afrique magazine with publications related to Africa economic development, including the need for the shift towards a totally green society and has experiences working with grassroot NGOs as well as other international institutions such as the United Nations. Sihine is the CEO of Lem Chaka.
Yaye is an artist, community leader, and environmental activist. He is also founder of Vivaconagua Ethiopia and Mintesenot Urban Agriculture. Vivaconagua is an organization committed to establishing access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation for all humans. Yayehyrad has been a key member in co-founding Lem Chaka and is now in charge of overseeing all of the daily operations.
While many dispose of food waste in regular trash alongside non-organic items, we collaborate with our partners to collect pre-sorted vegetable waste three times a week.
After the food waste undergoes decomposition, thorough mixing, and proper curing, the odor-free, nutrient rich compost is ready for sale.
Our packages come in 10kg sizes and can be picked up at Tryst Olompia or Effoi Atlas. Alternatively, they are available for delivery through Zmall.