Eid hides recycled and put to good use

2015-10-01 06:00
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With the donated hides

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WITH Eid al-Adha celebrated last Thursday, Muslim households were faced with the dilemma of what to do with sheep and goat skins as a result of slaughtering for the celebration.

Over the years skins have been thrown away. This year the community engaged in a skin-recycling campaign that saw thousands of skins collected on Thursday.

The initiative was facilitated by Mehmood Oumar, local businessman and Ward 35 committee member. The collection involved the Jamiat-ul-ulama, a body of theologians who engage in social welfare and all matters that affect the Muslim community.

“Instead of throwing the skins away, we could turn them into leather and use for economic development,” said Oumar.

“We needed the skins to be taken away, so we partnered with an organisation that makes use of them.”

The skins were donated to Impela Trading, a Dannhauser school that specialises in curing hide for recycling and turns them into leather and leather products for local and export markets.

Welcome Mtshali and Alice Orimo of Impela Trading explained that once the hides were received, they were cured to be prevent them from rotting, and then taken to Impela Trading where pupils are taught how to preserve hides and manufacture products using the leather.

“In our communities people slaughter cattle all the time, and if the hide is not disposed of properly, it becomes an environmental bother,” said Simon Orimo­, owner of Impelo Trading

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