• TakaTaka Solutions
    TakaTaka Solutions has developed a waste management system that recycles waste in an environmentally-friendly way while creating jobs for young people.
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  • A pile of waste in Nairobi
    Two-thirds of the people living in Nairobi have no way to dispose of their waste in an environmentally sustainable way.
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  • Burning waste in Nairobi
    Most inhabitants of the Kangemi slum burn their waste or store it illegally, often leading to grave health problems.
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  • Kangemi street market
    Five to six tons of organic waste are collected and composted daily in Kangemi households and on the street market.
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  • TakaTaka Solutions employees
    About 30 young people from Kangemi have found a job and reliable income with TakaTaka Solutions.
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  • TakaTaka Solutions employees
    The young employees – many of them women – receive basic training for different tasks.
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  • TakaTaka Solutions waste separation
    TakaTaka Solutions educates people about the environment and health, and encourages the slum’s inhabitants to separate waste.
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  • TakaTaka Solutions composting facility
    Organic waste is processed to valuable natural fertilizer in the slum’s own composting facility.
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  • Natural fertilizer
    The natural fertilizer will become the social enterprise’s main source of income in the medium term.
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  • Testing natural fertilizer
    The fertilizer is tested at an experimental farm near Nairobi, and farmers in the area are then shown how to best use it.
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  • Awareness training in primary schools
    Once a week, the TakaTaka team conducts awareness-training classes in primary schools. They, too, are TakaTaka Solutions clients.
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  • Awareness training in primary schools
    The school students discuss issues related to waste, the environment, and health, and conduct experiments on crop planting. At the end, they visit the composting facility.
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In Kenya’s capital Nairobi, only about one third of waste is disposed of in a manner comparatively friendly to the environment and health. A large part of the population burns waste or stores it illegally within their neighborhoods, often resulting in serious health problems

TakaTaka Solutions (taka taka is the Swahili phrase for waste) has developed an approach for a waste management system affordable even to lower income groups. The system contributes to sustainable resource conservation by recycling up to 80 percent of the waste while generating earnings at the same time.

Regular waste collection significantly improves living conditions in communities. Awareness campaigns instruct customers and school classes on waste separation and create an understanding for the problems that waste poses for the environment and individual health. Another advantage: young people receive permanent jobs and the necessary training.