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ATAKA Waste Collectors

Nakuru, Kenya

Primary information

Year formed
1998
Formally registered
No
Type of members
Waste picker support organization
Occupation of members
Waste collectors
Type of Organization
Sole trader and/or business
Organizational Reach
Local
Workplace of members
Sorting center
Membership
No
Objectives
Improve livelihoods
Funding
Loans, Self funded
Women composition

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Benefits

Safety & Technology
No

Services

Types of materials
Bones, Glass, Metals, Plastics, Shoe soles
Are they selling to middlemen?
Yes
Activities
Selling materials, Transportation, Waste collection, Waste sorting
Challenges to access waste
Harassment from authorities, Lack of infrastructure & resources, Price fluctuations of waste, Transportation

Complementary Information

Information source
Africa 2009

Comments / Narrative

Ataka Waste Collectors business was formed in 1998 as a livelihood income generating activity for Mr. Zachariah Ateka. He aimed to be self employed. Between February – April 1998, he was employed in a waste reclaiming business in Nakuru earning Ksh. 1,500.00 per month. Zachariah thereafter quit the job and started his business using a bicycle to collect and transport various reclaimed waste materials to sell to buyers. Initially he started off with a working capital of Ksh. 3,000.00. After a long period operating as a mobile waste reclaimer, Zachariah settled down at GTZ – Bondeni informal sector Jua kali sheds where he hired one room as a buying and consolidation centre for his business. His business is not yet registered.


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