The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers is a networking process supported by WIEGO, among thousands of waste picker organizations with groups in more than 28 countries covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa.
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.