Green Bank for Poorest People's Sustainable Livelhoods

Green Bank for Poorest People's Sustainable Livelhoods

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Green Bank for poor people's sustainable livelhoods is a self-sustaining social, profit oriented plastic waste business aiming to prove social and economic benefits of the poorest populations.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Visiting the landfill, you will get stunned by age groups and women scavenging through fatally stinking wastes full of oozing foul liquid mixed with fresh clinical blood which garbage trucks empty at landfill. Sadly, plastic wastes are sold off at exploitative prices to middlemen with scales already tampered with. Waste collectors immune systems are heavily demanding because of fatally polluted atmospheres, they require maintained health support to cope up with the body’s demanding aspect to resist foreign intrusion. Medical expenses rise due to frequent infections, savings if any will go down, victims miss work; money and time gets diverted from business towards sickness, thus the small money earned is always diverted to healing contracted diseases, sinking them further into poverty.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

As they get extremely low income, which they cannot even save for relatively decent housing and other social expenses, waste pickers take on picking and eating discarded inedible stuff. we aim to initiate a Green Bank where they will be able to bank waste plastics and metal and in turn get money at networking Banks. Our Green Bank would actually be embedded within other well established commercial banks, where we would hold accounts for our clients. This will motivate savings as well as guarantee account opening at well established banks for homeless people who do not posses addresses and other credentials. However, they will be able to save recyclable wastes on their bank accounts at our collection centre (which has already kicked off with seed funding from Hilden Charitable Fund UK) and could receive housing mortgages of which in return they pay by banking trash.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The programme will enable poor people living off trash to afford daily meals and modest housing by enacting a Trash Bank where they will bank plastic wastes. Wastes are available everywhere, however the people who pick recyclable wastes earn extremly low income. The solution aims to bypass middlemen, dismantle the monopolistic markets, link poorest populations with fair sales and thus increase poor people’s earnings for decent livelihoods. With this different approach, the Green Bank; Wastes can provide huge resources for the poor. This flexible approach will increase picking of wastes which will as well ease Uganda’s previously fertile loam soil of plastic and metal toxics. As the initiative grows, it would provide for a housing mortgage facility for the poorest populations and would enact a very small membership fee paid in form of trash. we aim to give power to this economic opportunity to provide a housing programme whereby the Green Bank purchases huge areas of land, partitions them, build simple 2 roomed houses which would be mortgaged out to people proved to be poor, homeless, under-resourced and living near the landfill. This would evacuate them from being near the landfill which has caused lead accumulation in their children’s blood which causes mental retardation.They would then pay by banking trash within an agreed period. The Green Bank aims to break the exploitative sales of wastes to middlemen who sell to bigger companies. The Bank would lobby for socially minded companies abroad to purchase its plastic.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

our peers in this case would have been the business dealers who buy plastics from waste pickers, but as they exploit waste pickers, we have no relationship with these. generally we have no competitors regarding the project, as long as it facilitates waste pickers standards of living with enjoyable health and enough income. we would engage the entire market locally

Founding Story

social economic conditions prevalent in third World cities differ from those in industrialized countries. Majority of third World cities are experiencing rapid urbanization brought about by fast population growth, as well as high immigration rates. Urbanization often takes place as the expansion or creation of new slum areas and squatter settlements. Typically, these settlements grow organically and lack any planning, resulting in twisting and narrow streets, as well as in the occupation of environmentally sensitive and disaster-prone areas. the poorest populations constitute the areas where municipal collection of wastes often does not exist. with the continued growing slum areas, we cited the opportunity to turn waste into a sustaining driving force that would upgrade the living starndards of these poor populations dwelling in the growing slum areas
About You
Waste Pickers Alliance Uganda
About You
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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Waste Pickers Alliance Uganda

Organization Country


Country where this project is creating social impact


Age of Innovator

Over 34

Gender of Innovator


How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Social Impact
What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)

Access to financing, Access to economic opportunity.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

a pilot project titled “ Fair trade and safe workplace for Waste Pickers sustainable livelihoods” has already kicked off with a small seed fund from Hilden Charitable Fund UK) The pilot project provides for a collection place where scavengers can weigh their merchandise, clean the plastic wastes for higher payments and building their capacity to minimise waste associated health risks through provision of uncontaminated drinking water, a bath place, a rest area to contain health hazards by washing hands and bathing with antiseptics. 39 waste pickers now receive realistic payments for their clean plastic wastes, are able to meet rent costs and demonstrate a healthy living.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

we aim to raise the income of over 1500 people, to be able to rent houses, send their children to school and meet costs of managing their health.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Bank data linking and technology arrangements wound hinder the sucess of our project however, changemakers has already provided for this incase of selection of the project

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Availability of enough space, water, weigh scales, awareness about the existence of the project and its purpose to waste picker

Task 2

entering into agreement with networking banks

Task 3

puting in place data links with the banks

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

getting spacious space for the Green Bank(collection, washing and weighing plastics, bathing) and data entry office

Task 2

advocating for purchases of plastic waste from the Green Bank

Task 3

establish systems on technical management, accounting and payments

Tell us about your partnerships

we aim to partner with businesses by luring them to understand the benefits for purchasing from the grren bank. we are also a partner with the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

we are very interested in having renown environment and economic development institutions including the world bank to advocate for our cause, to convince local and international businesses to buy waste plastics from the Green Bank