Marta Vânia Uetela is an engineering student and the founder of BioMec. A design and construction studio that designs and manufactures prosthesis from recycled plastic collected from the sea in Mozambique.
She says her organisation has both a business and ecological commitment. In the next 3 years BioMec plans to reuse up to 20% of plastic residuals from Costa do Sol, one of the most polluted beaches in Mozambique.
BioMec has five staff members who builds innovative, stylish and affordable prosthesis within 24 hours compared to the conventional process which takes more than 1 000 hours and has the capacity to produce 20 prostheses per month. The biggest satisfaction for Marta comes from seeing amputees live ordinary lives, experience life without mobility restrictions, and have confidence in themselves.
BioMec received the 2nd best Innovation Start Up award in Africa by Climate Launch Pad, the world’s biggest competition for businesses with environmental and ecological orientation.
Original story – From litter to Limbs: https://medium.com/usaid-2030/from-litter-to-limbs-979e5f4787c4