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Menegai Waste Recyclers Management Group (MEWAREMA)

Nakuru, Kenya

Primary information

Year formed
2002
Formally registered
Yes
Number of members
40
Type of members
Waste picker support organization
Occupation of members
Waste collectors, Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Self-help group
Organizational Reach
Local
Workplace of members
Door to door, Dumpsite, Fixed
Membership
Yes
Organization Structure
Mewarema has an active leadership structure comprising of a chairperson, secretary, treasurer and a members’ committee comprising of nine members (4 men and 9 women). The members meet twice a week for group activities. There are no employed staff. Leaders are selected by secret ballot by the registered members and officially hold office for two years before a new election is held. New members are accepted after payment of a non refundable membership fee of Ksh. 500.00. Record keeping is well kept by the group leaders and this includes minutes of group meetings, banking records, income inflow and out flow, solid waste collection client records, registered membership records and member contributions records.
Objectives
Contribute to cleaning the environment, improve livelihoods, keep local area clean, achieve sustainable solid waste management in the city, improve waste picker living conditions, strengthen bargaining capacity, improve quality of life
Education and training
Waste management
Partnering organizations
Municipal Council, Practical Action, Egerton University, Family Bank
Affiliations
Donor, Government, Ngo, University
Funding
Local population pay fee, Self funded
Internal elections
Every 2 years
Women composition
75,0%

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Benefits

Member benefits
Clean & healthy environment, Job creation & source of income, Training & advocacy
Safety & Technology
Yes

Services

What kind of relationship exists with the municipality?
Integrated into formal systems of source segregation
How is the relationship with the municipality?
Excellent and/or friendly
Types of materials
Biodegradable waste, Household items, Human waste
Are they selling to middlemen?
No
Activities
Collecting waste, Composting, Selling materials, Sorting waste
Treatmet of organic materials
Composting
Challenges to access waste
Lack of recognition

Complementary Information

Information source
Africa 2009

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