GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF WASTE PICKERS
GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF
WASTE PICKERS
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.
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Ekati Samajik, Saikshanik, Vaidyakiy, Bahu-uddeshiy Sevabhavi Sanstha

Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India

Primary information

Year formed
2012
Registered in
2012
Language
English, Hindi, Marathi
Number of groups
9
Number of members
320
Type of members
Members are multi sector, Members are waste pickers
Occupation of members
Solid waste managers, Waste collectors, Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Non governmental organization, Self-help group, Women´s group
Organizational Reach
Local
Workplace of members
Door to door, Home-based, Open, Recycling center, Sorting center, Street
Education and training
Business & project management, Cooperativism & solidarity economy, Leadership training, Learning exchange, Literacy & school, Mobilization, Rights & duties, Risks & health, Waste management
Partnering organizations
Verala Development society, Avani Sanstha, Kolhapur Cancer Center
Affiliations
Aiw
Funding
Donor, Membership fees
Internal elections
Every 5 years
Women composition
100,0% All members are women

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Benefits

Member benefits
Child assistance programmes, Clean & healthy environment, Education programmes, Id cards, Job creation & source of income, Legal assistance, Occupational health & safety, Savings or credit scheme, Social & pension benefits, Training & advocacy
Safety & Technology
Dust coats, First aid kits, Gloves, Masks, No, Risk training,, Safety boots, Yes

Services

What kind of relationship exists with the municipality?
Providers of infrastructure
How is the relationship with the municipality?
Excellent and/or friendly
Types of materials
Biodegradable, Biodegradable waste, Bones, Bottles, Cans, Charcoal, Clothing, Glass, Household items, Metals, Paper and cardboard, Plastic, Plastics
Are they selling to middlemen?
Yes
Activities
Cleaning, Collecting materials, Collecting waste, Collection of recyclables, Collection of waste, Community sale of materials, Community storage of materials, Composting, Farming, Organizing collective events, Recycling, Sensitization of locals, Sorting waste, Street sweeping, Training and capacity building, Transportation, Waste collection, Waste management, Waste sorting
Sorting Spaces
Sorting center / sorting workshops
Treatmet of organic materials
Composting
Challenges to access waste
Contamination from waste, Exploitation, Foul smell & contamination from waste, Lack of education & training, Lack of infrastructure & resources, Lack of recognition, Lack of tools, Lack of unity between organizations, Negative attitude towards waste, Obtaining licenses, Price fluctuations of waste, Privatization, Transportation

Complementary Information

Information source
The information was shared by Ekati coordinator with the secretariat of the Alliance of Indian Wastepickers

Comments / Narrative

Ekati works on the issues faced by women, especially homeless women and wastepickers. Ekati provides legal counsel and training women.


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