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Income through sustainable waste management
What is TakaTaka Solutions’ approach?
The inhabitants of Kenya’s capital Nairobi produce 2,000 tons of waste daily but only about one third of it is disposed of in a relatively environmentally friendly and healthy way. The city lacks the resources for a functioning waste management. A large part of its residents burn their waste or store it illegally, often with grave consequences to their health.
The Kenyan social enterprise TakaTaka Solutions has developed an affordable waste management system that recycles the better part of collected waste as reusable materials in an environmentally friendly and profitable manner while also creating secure jobs for young people. Siemens Stiftung views this approach as a promising model to improve basic services in Kenya and supports TakaTaka Solutions in collaboration with the AT Association. Mainly, we focus on further education and promote the enterprise’s socio-economic orientation.
What is special about TakaTaka Solutions?
- Affordable waste disposal services for all income groups
TakaTaka Solutions’ waste disposal service is affordable for all income groups; even inhabitants of Nairobi’s slums benefit from it as a result of improved living and health conditions.
- Recycling as a successful and environmentally friendly business model
The TakaTaka Solutions business model is based on the principle of waste separation: Customers collect waste in designated containers that are collected for a small fee, and the waste is then separated. Reusable materials are sold and organic waste is processed to natural fertilizer for farming. A recycling rate of up to 80 percent contributes to the sustainable protection of resources.
- Secure jobs and training for young women and men
Young women and men, who were previously unemployed or work irregularly, receive permanent jobs and the necessary training. They receive training in the fields of waste disposal, waste separation, composting, and the basics of business management.
- Social benefits for employees
Initiatives such as an in-house savings group that offers microloans to employees or affordable health insurance for employees and their families are not common in small Kenyan enterprises. These are examples of how TakaTaka Solutions presents itself as an enterprise with social responsibility.
- Heighten awareness in the population for the issue of waste separation
Participating communities are regularly informed about waste separation and associated environmental and health aspects. Workshops on recycling and composting were developed for school children.