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 supply chains, Access to technology, Access to economic opportunity, Policy change/advocacy.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The KEG waste separation and composting project has provided a unique opportunity to improve waste collection for and gather new data on the residents and businesses in the Buguruni area of Dar es Salaam . This project has improved the KEG's revenue generating potential and has reduced the total waste transferred to the dumpsite, decreasing costs for the Ilala Municipality.This project has built the capacity of individual members of the KEG and has improved the relationship between the community group and the local municipality.The research component of this project, in collaboration with Ardhi University, has increased local knowledge of waste composition.This means that the project's impact will be much larger than just the Buguruni ward. Many local stakeholders will be able to see the benefits of waste recycling and composting, in terms of both revenue generation and cost savings.Furthermore, the KEG has provided employment opportunities to youth in the area.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
•To convert the existing transfer station into a simple solid waste separation, recycling, and composting centre for push cart collected waste
•To secure a formal long term solid waste management contract between the Ilala Municipality and KEG
•To train the KEG in waste separation, recycling, composting and business management
•To generate additional revenue for the KEG through the selling of plastics, bottles, and compost
•To reduce truckloads, and the cost of transporting waste, to the Pugu dumpsite by the Ilala Municipal Council.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
•Residents, businesses, institutions not paying for waste collection service
•Short term contracts for waste collection
•Access to land for a transfer station
•Insufficient financial resources provided by the Dar es Salaam City Council and its municipalities (from their budgets) to put in place solid waste management schemes.
•Facilitate Ilala Municipality establish a revenue collections officer for Buguruni Ward
•Facilitate signing of MOU between Ilala Municipality and KEG; long term contract for waste collection
•Engage with Municipalities in allocating land for solid waste management facilities, such as transfer sites
•Assist KEG with improving their waste collection service and compost making
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Increase KEG’s revenue (to minimum wage or higher) with selling recyclables and compost. Minimum wage is TSH 120,000($80 CDN)
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Increase KEG’s revenue with the collection of waste collection service fees. Extend solid waste separation process to households