It is said that when the British Governer General Warren Hastings brought the water hyacinth to India in the 18th century, thinking it was a flower, he couldn't have imagined that was actually a deadly weed. Soon, the weed engulfed a vast portion of the water bodies throughout India. Inspite of the fact that it drains oxygen from water bodies, affecting the population of fish, we have come a long way since then. Water hyacinth is now used as a fertiliser, fish feed and is also used in the production of biogas. In Kenya, when Michael Otieno saw the weed, he saw water hyacinth not as a useless plant, but as an opportunity. The entrepreneur harvested them to make paper and now sells them in local shops.