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Startup Producing Electricity from Poisonous Plant
Founded by Mariama Mamane, a 27-yeard-old Nigerien engineering student, Jacigreen is a Burkina Faso based eco-innovative startup. Its aim: transforming water hyacinth, a poisonous plant, into an energy source and into a natural fertilizer.

Back in 2013, when she was a student at the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) in Ouagadougou, Mariama Mamane discovered a way that could help solve a major environmental issue in Africa.

The idea of Jacigreen came to her when she saw how much the Niger Niver was infested with water hyacinths.

 
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