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Setting up their system for recyclable waste collection in low-income local communities, producing recycled goods and marketing products
The issues addressed through the project are twofold. First and foremost it helped generate income to migrant unemployed community in urban slum area through value addition to plastic and other recyclable waste. Secondly, the project helped address environmental degradation due to weakness in solid waste management in capital and other cities by promoting waste recycling and reuse.
The intervention helped vulnerable and low income communities to set up their “first-hand” system for recyclable waste collection in their neighborhoods, produce recycled household goods and market them. Selected items were designed by local NGO and training opportunities were provided to the identified community groups on making products and testing them. Crowdsourcing method was applied made to generate new ideas and designs of recycled products. Marketplaces, exhibitions, press conference, TV footages, social media were used as means to advocate and market the products and seek partnership opportunities with local companies.
The implementing partner was local NGO “Technoj” experienced in business incubation. This partner was working on the project on day to day basis. Other organizations and companies were involved in different parts of the project: World Vision-identifying of vulnerable groups, APU company and TUK company-testing the products, local media-PR information dissemination. The project was supported by the capital city municipality and Ministry of environment and green development as well.
We designed and tested over 20 different products which are easy for mass production and marketable. Not only the beneficiaries learned how to make products, they got into contractual arrangements on selected products that are going to be sold through the largest supermarket chain. A number of national food producers became raw material suppliers and expressed their interest to expand the collaboration with UNDP on follow-up interventions. Several groups managed to set up their small businesses through the project support and accessed Government loans for SME.
Obtain support from national Government (Mayor, city municipality, line ministries, etc.) to ensure policy support and ensure sustainability and up-scaling.
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