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Samman- Bhopal

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India


Primary information

Year formed
English, Hindi
Number of groups
Type of members
Waste picker support organization
Occupation of members
Waste collectors, Waste pickers
Type of Organization
Church organization, Community based organization, Self-help group
Organizational Reach
Workplace of members
Door to door, Dumpsite, Fixed, Home-based, Landfill, Open, Slums, Sorting center, Street
Organization Structure
Director Project Coordinator Asst Coordinator 2-3 Field Workers supporting the work of Self Help Groups
Self- help groups for women and youth (girls) Community Based Organizations Tailoring Classes Computer Classes Bridge Course Tuition Centre Children's Parliament Beauty Parlour Martial Art
Education and training
Leadership training, Learning exchange, Literacy & school, Risks & health
Partnering organizations
Janvikas Society, Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers
Donor, Donor funded, Ngo funds
Internal elections
Women composition
Majority of them are women

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Member benefits
Child assistance programmes, Clean & healthy environment, Education programmes, Id cards, Savings or credit scheme, Training & advocacy
Number of credit / saving members?


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
Bottles, Cans, Clothing, Electronic waste, Glass, Household items, Human waste, Metals, Paper and cardboard, Plastic, Plastics, Shoe soles
Are they selling to middlemen?
Collecting waste, Organizing collective events, Street sweeping, Training and capacity building, Waste collection
Challenges to access waste
Availability of waste, Lack of education & training, Lack of infrastructure & resources

Complementary Information

Information source
Form submitted to the Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers

Comments / Narrative


Area of work of Samman

Self Help Groups

Waste pickers are faced with problems related to poverty, illiteracy, lack of skills health care etc. These are problems that cannot be tackled individually but can be better solved through group efforts. Today these Self Help Groups that are started by SAMMAN in Bhopal city have become the vehicle of change for the poor and marginalized migrants in the Bhopal City. Women consisting of 11 – 15 members in each group.  These women pay more attention to the empowerment of women and children especially those involved in the waste-picking. SHGs create in them confidence and courage to address and take up varied issues concerning themselves and the community. Regular saving and link with banks help them for their economic development.

Slum Development Committee

Community participation/leadership determine the success of the upgrade. SAMMAN has formed Slum Development Committees in the slums consisting of women, men and youth as members. These committees meet once a month and discuss the various issues related to their areas and try to solve them. They become more and more responsible and develop leadership skills.

Training and Capacity Building

Capacity building of waste-pickers/door to door collectors is done through regular meetings, training on Leadership, RTI (Right to Information), RTE (Right to Education), Government Schemes, Health and Hygiene. The exposure visits to Indore, Pune and Bangalore have helped them in capacity building.

Youth Animation Programme

Youth empowerment is a process where children and young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives. Youth groups are formed consisting of 20 youth per group. They do this by addressing their situation and then take action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.

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