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Kisumu Waste Management & SACCO (Credit and Savings Cooperative)

Kisumu, Kenya

Primary information

Number of members
Type of members
Waste picker support organization
Occupation of members
Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Organizational Reach
Organization Structure
The cooperative society has an executive committee, management and a supervisory committee and the leaders are selected during the Annual General Meeting. Some positions are yearly while others are for two years or three years. The Chairperson and Vice chairperson take 3 years in the management committee. 12 members constitute the management committee, 7 men and 5 women. Recruitment of new members is done through the identification of groups in waste handling and through the sensitization of members to join the SACCO. The members pay a membership fee of 600 shillings. Records kept are the organization’s member’s registers, shares, receipt inventory, visitor’s book, registrations and pass books.
Capacity building, social and economic empowerment of waste pickers, achieve efficient sustainable solid waste management in the city
Partnering organizations
KMC - support received is policy formulation for a period of two years. Kisumu Polytechnics - Capacity Building for a period of one year. Kenya National Federation of Cooperatives - capacity building for a period of one year. Ministry of Cooperatives - policy and regulations for a period of one year. ILO - funding for a period of two years. UNHABITAT/SIDA - funding for a period of two years.
Donor, Waste picker organization
Donor funded, Interest on loans, Self funded
Internal elections
Annually, every 2 years, every 3 years
Women composition

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Member benefits
Savings or credit scheme, Training & advocacy
Number of credit / saving members?


Challenges to access waste
Lack of education & training, Lack of infrastructure & resources, Lack of recognition, Negative attitude towards waste

Complementary Information

Information source
Africa 2009

Comments / Narrative

The long term goals of this SACCO are to evolve from a small micro-finance organization to a mainstream bank and to be able to manage waste not only in Kisumu, but in other urban areas.

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