Interview with Compost Baladi
Project's presentation and history.
Compost Baladi is a Lebanese social enterprise founded in early 2017 by Antoine Abou Moussa and Marc Aoun in partnership with Fondation Diane. Compost Baladi provides products and services that promote the local recovery of valuable resources from biowaste.
How did the idea of a green business occur to you?
We noticed that there are many initiatives taking place for recycling; however, none focused on organic waste. As the waste management crisis occurred, we realized that it is viable to create an organic waste management company.
How did you become green entrepreneurs?
I come from a background of environmental science and my partner from a background of community-based organizations working in the environmental field. I’ve personally always had the entrepreneurial spirit that has been encouraging me to create economically viable initiatives as we believe this is the only way for organizations to be sustainable in the long-term.
How do you think green businesses can help Lebanon and its citizens?
Green businesses are an opportunity to be able to address some of the public service gaps not provided effectively by the government and to do so in innovative ways that increase the reach of those initiatives by making them win-win-win models that users can afford to buy into.
How do you see the future of your business?
We see a very prosperous future for our business.
Why did you choose to partner with Fondation Diane?
Foundation Diane was one of the few organizations willing to invest in the social impact we can achieve as we are one of the early adopters.
Do you appreciate Fondation Diane, and why?
Yes, because Fondation Diane believed in us at a very early stage when we had not yet validated our economic model and value proposition. Fondation Diane continues to do so till today.
Do you have a message for future entrepreneurs?
If you stick to what you are doing and believe in your impact, there are people out there who are eager to support you to make it happen.