Log in or register to follow or vote for this project.
Recycling industry is one of the most encouraged, awarded and lucrative business venture. Ironically, the raw materials collectors who are mostly street children are considered outcasts and the poorest in the society. The industry is also an indirect beneficiary of child labour and youth exploitation. Middle men buy the recyclables at a throw away price and sell them to the recycling industries at exorbitant prices. If collectors were empowered, they would end up owning the recycling industries. In developing countries introducing professionalism in recyclables trade is one of the easiest method of reducing poverty. This is the only business that one can start without capital. Garbage is free, the easiest commodity to acquire and the recyclables always have a ready market. This project is assisting collectors form self-help groups to enable them benefit fully from their resources. Jijenge Sanitation Youth Group is a pilot project registered in Nyeri County, Kenya. This group has been in operation for nine months and has 112 members. They collect recyclables which include plastics, papers, bones, pet bottles, metal, polyethylene, electrical and electronic waste, repairable and reusable products, animal feed and also make organic manure which they sell to get an income. The group is managed by a team whose duty is to empower group members by assisting them pool their products in a yard, get a better market and sell them directly to the industries cutting the middle men, negotiate with local authorities to recognize them as stake holders and also utilize them in waste management, rehabilitate them, look after their welfare, prevent children from trading in recyclables, ensure that the groups trade transactions pass through the Bank in order to enable them save, access credit and invest. When group members present their collection at the yard, they get a retainer. The transactions are recorded and the products are later sold directly to the industries in bulk. The full amount is banked and after deducting the expenses, the balance is paid to each member’s account accordingly at the end of the month. The Bank’s transactions and raw materials records will give the groups credibility and they will eventually qualify to get loans to set up recycling industries owned by the collectors.