Mybottletopproject (@mybottletopproject) — Bottle tops have stories too..I try tell them here while cleaning up our planet🌍. You might actually relate to one. Stay tuned and help make a change.
Mbugua can be seen rehearsing in front of the mirror as he paces back and forth.
Mbugua can be seen rehearsing in front of the mirror as he paces back and forth. He’s really nervous but excited for tomorrow. He has never presented anything in front of that many people. If you came across him on a regular day you would barely notice him but he’s one of the fastest most risen entrepreneur in Nairobi, Kenya. He was born and raised in Kariobangi estate which is an upper lower class area, which meant he was able to attend a decent local primary school, but had a humble life at home. His mum was a very hardworking smart woman who did all she could to provide for him but his dad however, was something else. An average guy stuck in his traditional ways and beliefs. He was very abusive and selfish. Mbugua grew up seeing this and his mission in life was to ensure his mum as the best life she could when he was old enough to provide that. Later when he graduated high school, he got a good grade that secured him a spot in one of the best universities in East Africa. He later on went to pursue his bachelors in forensic science and 4 years later graduated with a second class honors. He began looking for work immediately but no one would hire him without experience. He didn’t really have any skills as they weren’t able to afford extra curriculum activities and his options were very limited. One slow weekend, he decided to cook some chapati (a popular Kenyan flat bread) and beans. That’s when it hit him. He’d previously gotten so many compliments on his cooking and thought he might as well capitalize on it. So the following week he went and got the necessary licenses and started selling chapatis in the streets. His business was a bit slow at first but he thought of moving it outside of his former university and that was the key. The market was perfect. In a year, he was able to make a little under half a million Kenyan shillings and took his mother’s advice to invest in land. Tomorrow marks 5 years since he began and Mbugua is now a self-made millionaire. He was nominated for the TED talk, KE and he got the opportunity to do a presentation on his story. #mybottletopchallenge#savetheplanet#savetheenvironment#nairobi#entrepreneur#kenya#photography
12.10.2018 15:15:30
“Come on Cassie, say good morning to Mr. Jasiel. C’mon Cassie...sorry, she’s a b
“Come on Cassie, say good morning to Mr. Jasiel. C’mon Cassie...sorry, she’s a bit grumpy today coz I refused to let her have ice cream for breakfast.“ "Hey Cassie, up top, down low, show me you really know the dance flow!" Jasiel sings as he attempts what is supposed to be a cool dance. Cassie is heard chuckling and a wide smile spreads across her face. Jasiel migrated to the US back in 2013 to escape the political unrest that was happening in his home country, Nicaragua. He remembers his first week after moving. Everything seemed to fascinate him. The automated doors, elevators everywhere, huge supermarkets and more, but the one thing that caught his eye the most was the crossing guards. He used to walk 3 of his neighbors dogs for a small fee and each school morning, he’d come across 2 guards on his way and watch them guide the kids safely across the roads. It just looked right, in fact, it felt right! So one day during his walk, he approached one of the guards to inquire about the job and requirements of which the guard gladly offered. He followed up on it and later got the position. He is now 47 years old and works as a crossing guard for a living. He’s done this for the past 4 years and couldn’t change a single thing about it. During his time working, he has met and made lovely friends and even attended a couple of the kids' birthdays. Today, he got some interesting news from one of his younger little buddies Jason, who wants to go as a crossing guard for Halloween this year. That made him really happy as he felt appreciated and that his work is being recognized. #mybottletopproject#Nicaragua#prayforpeace#savetheplanet#savetheworld#photography#crossingguard#halloween
11.10.2018 16:40:04
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Janet is at the service carrier store requesting a change in her phone number. I
Janet is at the service carrier store requesting a change in her phone number. It’s been 10 months now and she can no longer bear the harassing calls which are happening daily at this point. She’s been tirelessly looking for a job with no luck whatsoever, and is at the verge of giving up. As if not bad enough, she got an eviction notice 2 days ago stating that she has to be out by the end of the month, which is 2 weeks from now. She’s also had to park her car elsewhere as the bank has been trying to repossess her car due to missed payments. It is safe to say that she’s hit rock bottom. “Why don’t you just get a fast food gig or something till you find what you’re looking for? At least it’ll help you pay the bills?” “You just don’t get it.” “Well then, I’m sorry for you but I can’t try helping someone who isn’t even trying to help themselves. It is what it is.” That pretty much sums up most if not all the conversations she’s had with her family and friends. Had she known that this is where she’d be at this point in her life, she would have made better decisions earlier on in her youth. See when she was only 18 excited and ready to join college, she went to her local bank and signed up for a student loan program to help her pay her way through college. Further along the way, she ran out and applied elsewhere for more and kept going. 4 years later she graduated with a degree In Archeology and got an internship with the promise to secure a full time position in the long run. A year later, they hired her part-time and the pay was decent enough to prompt her to buy a car. Everything was looking good until the company went bankrupt and decided to shut down. She can’t seem to find anything else in her field and is slowly losing hope. #mybottletopproject#savetheplanet#shortstories#photography
11.10.2018 02:49:21
“Ms. Georgina Natukunda, do you swear to tell the truth, and nothing but the tru
“Ms. Georgina Natukunda, do you swear to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth so help you God?” “I do.” Today is a really big day for Georgina. She hasn’t been able to sleep for the last couple of days trying to finalize her statement. It has to be perfect as she’s determined to get justice for the deserved. She has always felt not a part of her family for quite a long time now. Born 28 years ago, she lived the high life most would trade for in a heartbeat. The beautiful mansions, multiple cars, expensive private schools and all 10 miles of it. Her earliest memory is of her and her mother being chauffeured around downtown Kampala, as they went shopping for the benefit dinner they were hosting later that week. She remembers 2 street children walking up to the car window and knocking on it saying, “Owange! Nnyamba! Enjala ennuma!” “Don’t look at them Georgina! They will corrupt you!” “But they need help mum. They’re hungry!” “It is not your job to help everyone you meet. Their parents should have worked as hard as your father and I did.” That emotionally scarred her for life, explaining why she’s where she is today. The guilt has eaten her up one portion at a time over the years, leaving her feeling unworthy and undeserving of her lavish lifestyle. She later majored in International Relations in hopes of joining non-profit organizations such as the UN to become a human rights activists. While doing her thesis during her final year, she researched corruption in the country and ended up opening a can of worms in the process. Her father was being investigated on tax evasion and fraud. After an intense 6 months of further research and investigation, she met up with the prosecution team and agreed to testify against him, using details they would never have found out on. She knew she was throwing all her chips in but it would all be worth it in the long run. Maybe this will relief her of the misery she’s had to carry around all her life. #mybottletopproject#savetheplanet#savetheworld#shortstories#creatives#photography#corruption#kampala#uganda
08.10.2018 21:28:38
It’s a lovely sunny day in Minneapolis, MN and the kids at the park can be seen
It’s a lovely sunny day in Minneapolis, MN and the kids at the park can be seen playing and laughing out loud. Almost all the mums are hanging out catching up on the latest trends and grapevine. Oliver, on the other hand, can be seen lost in his book but occasionally looking up at the kids. Once in a while he’ll notice the women looking at him and it’s definitely not in a good way. He’s really trying to make this work but he doesn’t know how long he can persevere this. He decides to ignore them and continues reading his book. About 20 mins later, 2 police officers approach him and one has his hand on his gun. “Can I help you officers?” “We received a call on a suspicious male in the park and we’re here to make sure everything is okay. Could I please have your identification card?” “Why? I haven’t done anything wrong.” “Sir, if you could please just provide the ID and answer a couple of questions, we will be out of your hair.” Oliver hands over his ID card. “What brings you here Mr. Lewinsky?” “Well, I was bo...” “Hey daddy, are you friends with the polices..can I touch your gu..” “NOO!! Come here Minnie!” Oliver shouts as he instinctively pulls her towards him. “Well officers, I would like to have my license back so I can take my daughter home now if you don’t mind.” “Sure! Sorry for the misunderstanding.” “Byeee Mr. polices.” Minnie says as she vigorously waves her hand. Oliver is a stay-at-home dad to a 5 year old who like many others struggles with feeling left out of the circle when it comes to outdoor activities with other stay at home parents. #mybottletopproject#savetheplanet#shortstories#stayathomedad#parenting#positivethinking#creatives#photography#minneapolis#minnesota
05.10.2018 01:56:44
“If only you could stop being defensive for one second and put yourself in my sh
“If only you could stop being defensive for one second and put yourself in my shoes Rina. What would you do if you were me?” “All he asked for was to get lunch with him. Jesus, why is this such a big deal? This is my dream job honey and I don’t see why you’re exaggerating the situation, especially coming from the unemployed one between us!” “CUUUTTTT! Good job everybody! Let’s take 5.” Maor here is a 40 year old actor originally from Tel Aviv, Israel. He’s been living in London for the past 30 years after relocating due to the wars that killed his whole family. About a month ago, he got to go back home from the shoot which was in Cuba. He decided to surprise his wife this time and plan out a romantic evening for them. He arrived at the airport around 7pm, went to the store to grab some flowers and headed to their favorite restaurant to pick up some dinner. As he was sitting in the waiting area catching up on his emails, he heard a familiar laugh. He looked around and didn’t see anyone he knew so he went back to working. About 5 mins later, he heard the laughter again and this time he was sure he recognized it. “Excuse me, sorry, could I please use your restroom?” “Definitely, just head over all the way to the back and it’ll be on your right.” He wore his hat lower and proceeded to screen the room as he walked towards the back. There she was, dining with another man. “Hi, I’d like to borrow her for a minute and she’s all yours after.” “Maor? What are you doing here?” “I’m sorry, am I the one sitting across another man?” “Excuse me, who are you?” Maor is livid at this point and takes his hat off. “Mr. Maor? THEEE MAOR from Westward divide? Goodness Carol, you didn’t think to mention that you know one of the greatest actors alive? It’s such an honor...” “Oh cut the crap you bastard. Is that all you’re good for? Preying on married women?” “Jesus! Calm down Maor! He’s my new boss and we were just getting to know each other over a meal.” This has got to be the worst crossover if you may call it. #mybottletopproject#savetheplanet#savetheworld#shortstories#creative#telaviv#israel
03.10.2018 15:04:06
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Meet Jackline. She’s 36 and lives in Ontario. It’s a Thursday night and she’s wa
Meet Jackline. She’s 36 and lives in Ontario. It’s a Thursday night and she’s walking down the streets of downtown heading for a blind date. It took 3 hours and 4 girlfriends to pick out the reserved lavender blouse with little yellow flowers and a black knee-high skirt that she’s wearing. “I don’t think I’m ready for this...why did I agree to do this? Argh, Stella is too good at this but oh well, I already came this far..here goes nothing.” She concludes, takes a deep breathe and walks in. The waitress shows her to her table. “Hi, I’m Alazar, here..let me get the seat for you.” “Hi, Jacky, nice to meet you..thanks.” Everything seems to be going well, like really well, and Jacky thinks it too good to be true. Suddenly, the flash backs begin to occur. She could have sworn her therapist said they’d be gone by now but clearly not. “My ex was a serial killer.” She blurts. “I’m sorry!” She says as she reaches for her bag and dashes out. “What? Wait..Slow down. Can we please at least try to talk about it.” Alazar is seen chasing after her. At this point she’s balling her eyes out and in the verge of a panic attack. Alazar guides her through a couple of breathing exercises and after 10 mins, Jacky successfully calms down. “I’m really sorry but I thought I could do this. How do you..where did you learn that?” She gestures referring to the breathing exercise. “I’m a psychologist actually. Dr. Miyoko is my partner and you’ve intrigued me from the very first day I saw you. I didn’t approach you then cause I didn’t want to create a conflict of interest but your friend Stella must have noticed my interest as she helped me set up this date with you.” #mybottletopproject#savetheplanet#savetheworld#shortstories#trauma#creative
02.10.2018 05:48:10
“LOCK DOWN! EVERYBODY HEAD BACK TO YOUR CELLS! MOVE INMATES MOOOVVVEEE!”
“Man th
“LOCK DOWN! EVERYBODY HEAD BACK TO YOUR CELLS! MOVE INMATES MOOOVVVEEE!” “Man this is some straightup bullshit. Aren’t you getting out tomorrow?” “I’m ‘posed to man but I guess not. It’s aight though, I wasn’t even ready anyway.” Martin says while rolling his eyes in disappointment. The inmates are seen walking towards their cells, some trying to grab or exchange books last minute as nobody knows how long this is going to last. The previous lock down went on for a little over 6 months and no one to this day seems to know what caused it. As soon as Martin gets to his cell, he sinks his face into his palms and lets out a loud sigh. He’s been locked up for the past 23 years and is due for a release on parole, depending on how this lock down goes. “Maybe this is a sign, a blessing in disguise. What if I’m not ready? What’s even out there?” He has all the necessary arrangements in place but something still scares him. Something just doesn't feel right. He should be happy and excited but his heart feels sunken instead. Could it be guilt? Could this be that little voice in his head again telling him that he isn't worth of forgiveness? That he doesn't deserve to live let alone beyond these prison walls? He walks over to the little shelf next to the small window and grabs his anti-depressants. He looks out through the dusty, blurry glass and a tear rolls down his cheek. He's been so strong for everyone else yet feels so weak at this very same moment... "Mr. Vicente...excuse me...Mr. Vicente...it shows here on your application that you committed a felony, what offense did you commit?" The interviewer asks with fear written all over her face. "Manslaughter actually...I'll just go ahead and see myself out. Thank you for your time." To be continued...#mybottletopproject#savetheenvironment#savetheplanet#prisonreform#unemployment#banthebox#shortstories#creatives
28.09.2018 17:55:23
Joel here is a farmer who was born and raised in Paraguari. When he was younger,
Joel here is a farmer who was born and raised in Paraguari. When he was younger, he made the decision to dedicate his life to caring for others using the abundant resources he has. His farm is about 10000 hectares and he can account for every single piece of it. That’s exactly how much he loves it. He inherited the land from his grandparents way back and has ever since tended to it, making it one of the most sort after farms in the whole of Paraguay. He grows both food and cash crops including cassava, soybeans, maize, sugarcane, cotton among others. Currently speaking, he’s in a fancy office in the city waiting to meet yet another ‘investor’ interested in purchasing his farm. Joel has done this 109 times now and is left to hope that this client is thee one, as time is quickly running out. Most of the interested parties he’s interviewed before have been pretty disappointing, only interested in turning the farm into a casino, riverbank resort, rental properties and many more for profit opportunities, but that is the least of his priorities. He on the other hand hopes to find someone who simply wants to keep farming and returning the benefits back to his community. He’s succeeded in putting 50 kids through school and supplying food to over 200 families as well as offer job opportunities to them. That’s what he wants his legacy to remain as. He never got to have a family of his own but he has been a father, a husband, a grandfather and a friend to most. So when he learnt that he only has a couple of months to a year left after his late amyloidosis diagnosis, he was devastated. You may be thinking, why not just pass the land over to one of his community members? Well, he has a feeling that that will only lead to division in the community as many will wonder how he came to that decision. “Señor Joel, usted ahora puede venir.” #mybottletopproject#savetheplanet#paraguay#savetheenvironment#amyloidosis#farming#agriculture#shortstories#creatives
26.09.2018 20:47:32
Meet Odelia. She is what many would refer to as your ‘average Jane’. She graduat
Meet Odelia. She is what many would refer to as your ‘average Jane’. She graduated a year ago from a technical college with a diploma in electrical engineering but is currently working 2 jobs as a waitress and a book keeper due to the high unemployment rates, according to her. 7 months ago, she had her first child. She had deliberated for a while on whether to keep him as he was a result of a one night stand. What would that mean for her and his dad? Anyway, she later learnt that her baby was ‘hearing’ short after having him. This turned her world upside down. I mean, how the hell was she supposed to raise this kid, she’s deaf! Thanks to the internet, she was able to find a program that helps mothers with hearing children. But it’s an hour and a half commute each way, so she hopes to learn enough to one day open a local center in Saransk, Russia and help other women like her. #mybottletopproject#deafawarenessweek#deaf#signlanguage#saveourplanet#savetheworld#saransk#russia#shortstories#creatives#shortstoriesofinstagram
25.09.2018 14:54:58
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This is Gabi, an extremely shy and ‘awkward’ teenage girl, at least by societal
This is Gabi, an extremely shy and ‘awkward’ teenage girl, at least by societal standards. Gabi has 3 siblings who she loves but is constantly feeling not a part of. During all her free time, she enjoys going to the local access point of the Niger delta, which is where she’s from. She loves studying bees trying her very best to comprehend exactly how their colonies function. She’s been doing this ever since she was 10. It was all cute and admirable until the neighbors started talking. They’d constantly be heard whispering “There she goes again. Why aren’t her parents taking her for an intervention. Achi was telling me that she locks her school desk 5 times before leaving.” “In fact, I heard her mother was bewitched because Gabi was born out of wedlock. Such a disgrace.” Another neighbor says as she proceeds to spit in disgust. Gabi’s parents have actually taken her to multiple priests to have her prayed for but nothing seems to work. Maybe if her parents would just for a single second try talk to her and get to understand what is going on in her world, maybe, just maybe, they would learn that their daughter is not cursed, but rather living with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Gabi is very aware of this as she has read multiple books in attempt to self-diagnose. She is scared to tell anyone because they might start calling her crazy and put her away in an asylum like she sees in the movies. So she chooses to suffer quietly and roll with the punches until she’s old enough to seek help herself. Till then, she will continue studying bees as those little beautiful creatures are the only things she seems to relate with. #mybottletopproject#saveourplanet#savetheenvironment#ocd#mentalhealthawareness#breakthesilence#savethebees#stories#shortstories#creatives
24.09.2018 16:54:38
Meet Awadh. He’s a 36 year old man from Al Ain, UAE. He owns one of the biggest
Meet Awadh. He’s a 36 year old man from Al Ain, UAE. He owns one of the biggest hotels in Dubai but has always been a quiet guy who highly values his privacy, thus you would barely tell much about him if you came across him. Awadh has a girlfriend of 10 years who adores him as much as he her. His mom, like everyone else, is constantly asking why they aren’t married just yet and he’s getting a bit fed up. He doesn’t understand why his ‘marriage’ is such a big deal to everyone and is constantly left to wonder why no one has even bothered to ask if he even wants to get married in the first place. Many may argue that he ought to commit to the traditions of his religion, yet the hypocrisy openly displayed by these so-called followers contradicts with almost everything they preach. Awadh has always been an enthusiast of philosophy, which like many, may result to conflict of emotions and a stir in confusion of what being moral is. Which leads to how he even met his girlfriend who he came across way back when she was in the library reading Groundwork for the metaphysics of morals. That’s why they are at the airport as we speak, about to catch a flight to Volos. They’ve both had enough and decided to start a fresh in hope to finally finish that philosophy book they’ve been working on for the last year and a half. #mybottletopproject#saveourplanet#savetheenvironment#philosophy#volos#greece#shortstoriesofinstagram#creatives
23.09.2018 22:27:07
This is Piper. She’s 39 now and works at a local grocery store in Breckinridge,
This is Piper. She’s 39 now and works at a local grocery store in Breckinridge, Colorado. If you bumped into her on a regular day at work, she is one of the most cheerful and sweetest humans you’ll probably ever come across. Heart of an angel, most say. Today she met a lady and said hi as usual, trying to make conversation. But the lady pulled out her cellphone and completely ignored her. Piper picked up the cue and just proceeded ringing the items and once done, tried to get the lady’s attention but she was so lost in her screen. “Excuse me ma’am..would you..” “WHAATT!!!” The other lady said almost screaming her lungs out. “Would you like a bag?” “OBVIOUSLY!” Piper proceeds to bag the groceries, wishes her a good day and with a big smile, continues to assist the next person. At the end of the day, Piper has to go tell her husband, Ronnie, that the doctor called earlier that morning to tell her that she lost her 6th pregnancy. #mybottletopproject#bekind#miscarriageawareness#savetheenvironment#savetheplanet#shortstories#shortstoriesofinstagram#breckenridge#colorado#photography
21.09.2018 14:51:13
Meet Keysi. He’s a 17 year old boy who just cleared high school, top of his clas
Meet Keysi. He’s a 17 year old boy who just cleared high school, top of his class. If you came across him out in the streets, you would probably assume that he’s just a poor young kid who probably won’t get the chance to go to college, and you’re probably right. Keysi is from Cuenca, a city in Ecuador, and grew up in a middle-class home based in that area. His father owns a small but busy restaurant, while his mother volunteers at a children’s center. Therefore, he was raised as a very hardworking yet humble and kind child, who doesn’t necessarily find value in materialistic “upkeep” per se. The thing with Keysi is that he’s always loved numbers ever since he learnt about them. Probability especially, seems to be his area of expertise. So back when he was 14, he started using the computer at his mom’s work place to look up interesting things he could do with numbers that didn’t require a lot of money to start up. He succeeded in self-teaching on basic business tax reporting and filing, and somehow managed to convince his dad to let him file the restaurant’s business taxes when he turned 16. The dad agreed and was pretty impressed as not only did he succeed in doing it all legally and professionally, he also saved him a ton of money that would have otherwise gone to an accountant. Keysi in exchange asked for half the fee to pursue the opportunity he had found online and his dad held up his end of the bargain. Keysi is now $3649.63 richer in stocks as he has mastered the art of trading and hopes to one day end up as the best trader in Wall Street by the age of 25. #mybottletopproject#savetheenvironment#savetheplanet#earth#Ecuador#Cuenca#shortstories#creatives#photography
21.09.2018 00:35:07
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Hi everyone, meet Naima. Naima is a 58 year old woman who now lives in Manhattan
Hi everyone, meet Naima. Naima is a 58 year old woman who now lives in Manhattan, NY. She was born in Malta, which is a small country over in Southern Europe. Unfortunately, Naima’s childhood wasn’t the most ideal but she did not let that define her future. See when Naima was a little girl, her mother left when she was only 3, leaving a stranded 19 year old young man, her father, to raise her alone. He initially had no clue what he was doing but the natural instinct to make sure his daughter was raised right became his new priority. He decided to move back home to Mdina, now commonly known as ‘the Silent City’ by many tourists, but was only a small little village back then. With the help of his mother, he was able to bring the little girl up and instill the highest of discipline and intellect in her. By the age of 7, she was already fluent in English, Arabic and Italian, and was already in the process of learning French. Her grandma was a big għana artist in her youth and during their spare time, she would teach her as many folk songs as she could, later making Naima the excellent first Maltese Supreme Justice in the US. #mybottletopproject#savetheenvironment#earth#saveourplanet#Malta#mdina#shortstories#creatives#photography
20.09.2018 17:25:24
Hi there, thanks for coming to my page. You being here is already a step towards
Hi there, thanks for coming to my page. You being here is already a step towards the right direction. We humans, have become so careless and reckless with our environment that Mother Nature has completely given up and started punishing us for our cruel actions. I have always advocated for the protection of our environment since I was a little child but like Mother Nature, I’m tired. So I came across this quote above and decided that instead of just saying, I’ll start doing more. So I’m starting #mybottletopproject journey to kill 3 birds with one stone, pun intended lol. But this project is all about beating 3 of my goals that I’ve been procrastinating on for the last couple of years because excuses and laziness. But I’m really trying to accomplish them and make a change, cause what’s life even worth if you never left an impact? And what are my goals you wonder? Well, like almost everyone else, I’ve wanted to exercise and take care of my health but clearly, that for the past 2 years has meant giving my hard earned $60 monthly for a gym membership that I never used. That’s almost $1500!!! Call me financially reckless as well! So I decided to start running every morning which brings me to goal n.o 2, cleaning up the environment. While on my run, I decided to be stopping 5 times to collect 5 bottle tops that I would then dispose in the recycle bin. Goal number three would be to take a pic of one top in its original location before collecting it, then later write a short story here on it, in order to exercise my creativity as well as maintaining my running discipline so if I don’t post a story, that would mean I didn’t run, and I never played my part in making a difference. This might sound stupid but you’ve got to do what you have to. So please feel free to join my journey, and if not, you’re definitely welcome to follow me on mine as we help better our home called earth #savetheworld#environment#savetheenvironment#recycle#mothernature#earth
20.09.2018 15:12:57
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