Brief history of the company

Lem Chaka is a pioneering food waste management company that was established in May 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Locally Made
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The story behind Lem Chaka

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."

Gabriel Yared Gobezie

Co-founder of Lem Chaka
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Yared has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is the Co-founder of Ethiopia Skate , 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.

Gabriel Yared Gobezie

Co-founder of Lem Chaka
& Sales Manager

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.

Sihine Negede

Co-founder of Lem Chaka
& General Manager
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Corporate Social Responsibility

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Policies That Benefit The Environment

Lem Chaka essentially relies on promoting policies and methods that are beneficial to the environment, as well as the restoration of biodiversity and the soil’s fertility.

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Empowering Awareness on Sustainability

Lem Chaka is dedicated to empowering widespread awareness of sustainable development, agriculture, and eco-friendly lifestyles. Our efforts extend to providing training to underprivileged communities, students in schools, and various stakeholders. Looking ahead, our vision includes the development of an app and online training manuals enabling us to disseminate knowledge about sustainable agriculture even further.

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Socially conscious

At Lem Chaka, being socially conscious is at the heart of everything we do. We recognise that our actions have an impact beyond our immediate scope, and we take this responsibility seriously. From fostering community engagement to supporting underprivileged groups, our initiatives reflect a deep commitment to social well-being. Through collaborations, educational programs, and outreach, we strive to create a positive ripple effect that contributes to a more equitable and sustainable society.

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Supporting Local Community

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local communities, Lem Chaka envisions a dynamic future. Our forthcoming manufacturing company will incorporate a dedicated space for a small-scale food forest, reinforcing sustainable practices and fostering self-sufficiency. Additionally, we are excited to share our plans for charitable giving, particularly during holiday seasons. Asa we progress, we aspire to distribute essential food packages and provide nourishing hot meals to those in need, including individuals facing homelessness and those with limited incomes.

Our Process

From the earth to your home

Our Process   

We collect food waste and kitchen leftovers from our partners

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.


We transform food waste into organic fertiliser.

After the food waste undergoes decomposition, thorough mixing, and proper curing, the odor-free, nutrient rich compost is ready for sale.


We distribute our products around Addis Ababa.

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.

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