TakaTaka Solutions employees
TakaTaka Solutions employees
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How everything began

From a legal point of view, the Nairobi city administration is obligated to offer waste disposal services to all inhabitants – about 3.5 million people. In fact, the city owns eight collection trucks. Yet most people burn their waste or store it in their neighborhoods. To change that unacceptable situation, TakaTaka Solutions was founded in 2011 in a Nairobi slum.

What has been achieved so far?

TakaTaka Solutions has achieved much since it was founded in September 2011. The social enterprise now offers a functioning and affordable waste disposal service for 2,500 low-income households. Every day, five to six tons of organic waste are collected from households and a large street market in Kangemi, a slum in Nairobi, and later composted. The model relies on waste separation in the households, explaining why it is important to educate people in the city about the correlation between waste, recycling and health.

About 30 young people from Kangemi have found work with TakaTaka Solutions and have been trained in the fields of waste disposal, waste separation, composting, and the basics of business management. Their initially low income increased fourfold in just six months after the program was launched.

TakaTaka Solutions informed all customers about waste and waste separation issues. In cooperation with Siemens Stiftung, the social enterprise also developed workshops on the environment and recycling for school children.

What are the future goals?

TakaTaka Solutions’ primary goal for the future is expansion. To that end, the social enterprise plans to further grow its customer and employee base. A precondition for that is the construction of a new, much larger composting facility to produce natural fertilizer for a growing market. To support this market development, TakaTaka Solutions has set up its first experimental farms near Nairobi to test the expedient use of the compost. Farmers are invited to the test fields and instructed on the use of the fertilizer.