Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Young people have been left homeless by mothers who die of AIDS. Mothers who have lived in slum areas without sustainable income. Miseries continue up to the born child who does not find any available resources on earth in order to go to school and ending up with a demand to survive thus even before they attain working age they will either work in the sexwork industry or as waste pickers to be able to continue with life. Some waste pickers have been born to AIDS infected mothers long before campaigns to stop the virus from entering the baby in the womb were stepped up, a big number of them are now grown up with HIV. And because of the prevailing stigma and lack of education, it is in the waste collection and disposal service where the disadvantaged boys, girls, women and men can work without pre-employment requirements. Visiting the landfills, you will get stunned by the age group and women in big numbers scavenging through the fatally stinking huge mountains of wastes for recyclable items, wastes full of oozing foul liquid mixed with fresh clinical blood which garbage trucks empty at the dumpsite. Sadly, the plastic and metal wastes are then sold off at an exploitative price to middlemen, who in turn resell them to the recycling industries; these middlemen claim the recyclable wastes are dirty and not well packed and the sale ‘estimates’ are usually judged with eye not by weight. When they complain, they are requested to provide their own weighing scale which they do not possess. Even those middlemen who turn up with scales, the weighing machines have already been tampered with. Profits are thus held by the middle dealers and there are no legal bonds between these middlemen and the Waste Pickers. Furthermore, waste collectors skip lunch and have no available drinking water to manage their heavily demanding immune systems. And because of the fatally polluted atmosphere, even those who are not HIV positive require maintained nutritional support to cope up with the body’s demanding aspect to resist foreign intrusion. Waste pickers medical expenses rise due to frequent infections and lack of nutritional support. Savings if any will go down, victims miss work; money and time gets diverted from business towards the sickness. As they get extremely low income, which they cannot even save for relatively decent housing and other social expenses, some waste pickers take on picking and eating discarded inedible stuff. There is ongoing political, social and economic challenges and pervasive inequality with the majority of people living below the poverty line. These social and economic challenges include: the changing political dynamics, ineffectual leadership, increases in corruption and overprotection of officials. There is also uneven government capability to deliver on the required transformations such as municipal services, rampant unemployment, and an increasing crime statistics. There are no jobs for the population. Nevertheless, working conditions of marginalised populations are faced by fatal law enforcement risks. The escalating food and fuel costs and the increase in state abuse of human rights call for innovative interventions. Jobs in the informal sector are poor remunerated jobs with no fixed wages and no tenure of employment,city council laws affect most of informal workplaces and the common man is always vulnerable to loosing capital and merchandise as a result of raids to enforce the law by state law enforcement.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
With this different approach, the Green Bank; Vulnerable people will no longer go without food, Wastes can provide huge resources for the poor if fair trade is applied. This flexible aproach will increase picking of wastes which will ease earth of plastic and metal toxics. Poor people will be able to sell plastic wastes and metal at considerable foreign market prices an advantage that will steadily develop livelihoods. The bank innovately lays provision to bypass middlemen, dismantle the monopolistic markets, link poorest populations with sales abroad and thus increase poor people’s earnings for decent livelihoods.Wastes would be purchased from the local poor at foreign markets prices. The initiative would in addition provide for a housing mortgage facility for the poorest populations and would enact a very small membership fee paid in form of trash. no capital needed,any volume accepted to be saved with the bank as long as it can fit in our Bank hole. The local buyers of wastes refer to the word 'waste' to exploit the seller whom they tell that it is waste that is being sold and they have to accept the offers. As middlemen buy at exploitative prices, the poor have to collect huge volumes to get resonable money but do not have preparation and storage facilities that include cleaning and proper baling and thus they will sell small volumes exploitatively. The poor live in slums and work in environments where they are vulnerable to fatal diseases, thus the small money earned in the process is always diverted to healing contracted diseases, sinking them further into poverty.