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Association de Femmes Recuperatrices du Benin (AFRB)

Cotonou, Benin

Primary information

Year formed
Registered in
Number of members
Type of members
Members are waste pickers
Occupation of members
Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Organizational Reach
Workplace of members
Door to door, Dumpsite, Street
Organization Structure
General assembly, Permanent Bureau, General membership. Office bearers are elected in a General Assembly while Constitutional meetings are held monthly, quarterly and annually.
Recycling, recognition of waste pickers, social and economic empowerment of waste pickers, improve waste picker living conditions, improve waste picker working conditions, contribute to cleaning the environment, strengthen unity and cohesion amongst waste pickers,
Education and training
Literacy & school
Partnering organizations
OXFAM Quebec
Self funded
Internal elections
Every 3 years
Women composition

Social networking sites


Member benefits
Education programmes, Health care & insurance, Id cards, Job creation & source of income, Occupational health & safety


How is the relationship with the municipality?
Poor and/or non existent
Types of materials
Glass, Household items, Plastics
Are they selling to middlemen?
Challenges to access waste
Lack of education & training, Lack of recognition, Lack of unity between organizations, Transportation

Complementary Information

Information source
WORD 26/06/2013, Africa 2012, Africa 2013

Comments / Narrative

Dantokpa market is one of the largest markets in West Africa. It covers 24 hectares in the centre of Cotonou and some 25000 people work there. The stall holders mainly women trade all kind of items including textiles, electronics, goods, households, jewellry etc. Women waste pickers trade their recyclables in the above international market and have their meeting place there. Long term plan includes strengthening the organization and generate actions and strategies to value the profession and also build a network with other waste picker organizations nationally and internationally and share information, knowledge and skills and be able to negotiate with government to prioritize waste pickers in the waste management system.

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