Alleviate Poverty Of 100 Waste Pickers

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A Little Boy Picking Dirt

Project Summary

SUGRADI aims to permanently raise 100 waste pickers' families out of poverty in the next year by providing them with a blueprint for environmentally processing garbage to increase incomes 3 times and allow their children to go to school.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Every week, urban north of Nigeria produces a mound of garbage that weighs twice as much as the Empire State building. The only processing is done by waste pickers and their children who find and sell recyclable scraps, working in streets and landfills, earning less than 300 naira a day. We will transform the lives of 100 of these waste pickers in by building an environmental waste management cooperative capable of processing 80% of waste for profit.

How will this project solve this problem?

This project will create waste picker-owned fully integrated municipal waste system in urban north of Nigeria, and spread this system across Nigeria, training waste pickers to collect and segregate garbage door-to-door to produce compost and recyclable plastic pellets - growing their income from 7200 to 21600 naira per month. In the process of gaining ownership and dignified financial independence, a waste picker also prevents 120 tons of CO2 equivalents from harming the climate.

Potential Long Term Impact

The waste picker cooperative will triple their incomes, allow their children the time to go to school, permanently break the cycle of poverty and establish environmental practices that prevent harmful greenhouse gases. This will also demonstrate to other Nigerian States contemplating adopting Waste Ventures' blueprint that a low-cost environmentally-friendly solution that creates employment for the poor is possible!

Project Message

The most inspiring thing is to talk to a waste picker after 2 months - and find that for the first time in her life she has a savings account and her children are in school!

Funding Information

Total Funding Goal : 5000000

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