KIBERA GARBAGE COLLECTION NETWORK: creating responsible and improved alternatives to slum waste man

Published on July 7, 2014 um 11:03

Summary of your idea

This project is based in Kibera Slum, Nairobi, Kenya. It seeks to develop and grow the several dozen youth groups/businesses that informally manage waste management throughout Lindi and Laini Saba Villages in the settlement. Youth-led waste management in Kibera lacks responsible movement of household garbage to legal dumping sites. The poor system and communication among these youth groups leads responsible household garbage collection from Lindi and Laini Saba to be irresponsibly dumped into unused open space or into the river. This idea capitalizes on already existing youth activity, and connects them with services, training and partnering municipal agencies which will help formalize and expand the reach and efficiency of waste management in Kibera Slum. Kibera Garbage Collection Network (KGCN) will coordinate youth groups to gather their garbage to one central location where (1) garbage reaches a safe municipal dumping site out of the local environment, (2) recyclable/ reusable materials (e-waste, organic waste) and bio-hazardous waste are sorted, sold, reused, or responsibly disposed. Our group will also alliance with the local government to provide transportation of non-recyclable waste to a formal dumping site, out of Kibera. Our objective is to ensure positive environmental impacts in Lindi and Laini Saba Villages through improving the coordination and effectiveness of youth waste management enterprises.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

To meet our objective, we will use the following targets in project implementation: (1) Fundraise and save upwards of Kshs 12,500 among the youth entrepreneurs. Engage an investor or loan for upwards of Kshs 6,250 of the Kshs 12,500. (2) Purchase 1200 bags at a wholesale price. Sell 1000 bags per week to 10 participating youth enterprises. (3) Increase weekly transport of 1000 households (and 10 youth enterprises) to formal dumping site. (4) 8 groups (of 10 groups) pay for bags via M-PESA and 50% of community members pay for waste management services via M-PESA. (5) Utilize chief authority to realize increase percentage of participating households by 20%. Increase youth wages or youth enterprise income by 20%. (6) Train 150 youth in waste management, e-waste, sorting, handling bio-hazardous materials, etc. (7) Increase revenue through selling e-waste, recycling, biohazard waste disposal for chemists and pharmacies. We will measure our success through: - Delivery of an efficient and profitable youth-engaged and government-assisted system for Kibera Slum waste management services. - Improvement of youth wages or youth enterprise income. - Creation of job opportunities by youth of Kibera and for the youths in Kibera. - Improved environment and public health in Lindi/Laini Saba Villages. - Provision of a central location for waste management, recycling, and training in the field for Kibera. - Bring unity among youth from different regions of Kibera.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Our aim is to improve and ensure efficient waste management in Kibera through youth enterprise. We will reach this aim by: (1) With initial investment and savings, the start-up capital will purchase bags at wholesale. These bags will be sold to (1) households that utilize my youth group, Usalama Bridge Youth, for waste management services and (2) to partner youth groups in Laini Saba and Lindi Villages. The business will buy these bags in large quantities and at a better cost, while eliminating transportation costs for these non-locally available materials. Our business will initially earn revenue from selling bags. (2) The municipal government is the agency for providing solid waste management; however, Kibera is densely populated, with uneven landscape, and not accessible by vehicles. Historically, youth have spearheaded the movement of waste from households to informal, environmentally hazardous dumping sites. KGCN will coordinate with the local administration to ensure trucks pick-up this garbage on a weekly basis. Usalama has discussed the potential to partner with local representatives, and will pilot this with 10 partnering youth groups. (3) M-PESA is a widely used mobile banking system in Kenya. Once we establish a paper bag distribution system, our business will register with Lipa Na M-Pesa (translated, Give with M-PESA), which will help our business track payments and will increase ease of pay at for households and partnering groups. (4) As the management system improves, our business will map households that utilize our services directly and of partnering youth organizations indirectly. We will utilize the authority of the chief to improve our market (i.e. number of households mandated to use waste management services, number of youth groups affiliated with the network). (5) Finally, we will increase our revenue by training the youth about sorting, collecting bio-hazardous materials, e-waste, and raw, organic material.

Your profile

Having been brought up in Kibera Slum for 26 years, I realized that no change has taken place in terms of improving sanitation, garbage collection, and recycling; yet the problem and population keeps growing. Having the knowledge of my home area and with my skills, I found out that this project will not only change the livelihood of the community but also will create a conducive environment too. I graduated from high school in Nariobi Milimani, after which I joined Kenya Institute of Professional Studies to earn my diploma in Community Development and Social Work. I am an active member of Usalama Bridge Youth Group, which is the organization that I would use to help implement the project. Usalama is a recognized by and a member of Nairobi Youth Council (NYC), an umbrella organization working to bring together all youth groups around Nairobi together for different programmes in the government. Through trainings on waste management and entrepreneurship, the projects will have helped many youth businesses which will help to curb unemployment through youth-led enterprises.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage, planning stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, education, health, poverty reduction, youth

Waste Management Options - From Dumping to Responsibly Disposing

Collecting and Managing Waste

Sorting and Packing Reusable and Sellable Waste

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