MAZINGIRA SAFI INITIATIVE

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MAZINGIRA SAFI INITIATIVE: COMMUNITY DRIVEN LITTER AND WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

NAIROBI, KenyaNAIROBI, Kenya
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

MSI aims to develop a waste management system. We believe that people and nature can co-exist together in harmony.MSI will provide the community with resources to keep the environment sustainable resulting to a healthy environment and economically empowered people

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if everyone in the world loved the environment and showed it through simple, effortless day-to-day actions?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

This project is trying to address the issue of poor litter and waste management in the country of Kenya and also address unemployment. Poor litter and waste management poses a great risk to the environment, human and animal health. It also reduces the aesthetics of a place and this affects the happiness of individuals. Up to 80% of the waste collected in Nairobi ends up the Dandora dumping site and yet this waste can undergo value addition.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND JOB CREATION Mazingira Safi Initiative (MSI), seeks to solve these problems through community involvement. Most of the attempts tried have failed because there has been little or no consultation and active participation of citizens. The household is the basic unit of the society. If we involve them in litter and waste management, we will be able to influence change in the world. We will do this by engaging the community in environmental clean-ups and awareness campaigns against littering, providing households with labelled bags and train them on waste segregation, the trash will then be up-cycled to more environmental friendly and value added products. This can be sold to generate income thus creating jobs.

Awards

None. The Founder received a nomination for Best Societal Award in Mavuno Fearless Awards
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

MSI: Morning? We'd like you to be an environmental ambassador. Household/Business owner (HH/BO)/: How? MSI: By sorting your waste and volunteering two hours per month to join MSI for a cleanup in your neighbourhood. We will give you three bags, train you, pick the waste up twice a week, and arrange for the fun monthly activity. The trash will be recycled (85%). HH/BO: Will I pay? MSI: Yes. The regular monthly garbage collection fee HH/BO: Okay. One month later: MSI: We collected 2 tonnes of sorted trash,composted all the food waste and sold it plus the 100 bracelets from plastic bottles, two wine bottle lampshades. We had 40 residents come for the cleanup and we removed the illegal dump on the road. HHM at home: The Cleanup was fun

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

MSI has held 20 monthly cleanups all around Nairobi. This has been done in partnership with the Nairobi County Government. As a result, we have over 200 volunteers coming for the cleanups. We have been able to conduct our activities without donor money as the board of 5 gives monthly towards it. So far, we have collected $1000. We're now implementing the community driven waste management system. We have been speaking to the residents/businesses of South B and they have agreed to participate in it. We will be giving the businesses a broom and trash bags to sweep and sort the waste which we will then collect for a fee($2) and recycle. The residents have agreed to pay $1 and participate in cleanups monthly. This is our entry point into the residents waste collection cycle. The expected impact is more jobs as there is cash in trash, a clean environment and environmental conscious citizens.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Our vision is 'clean environment, community responsibility.' To achieve this, we have divided our markets into four: volunteers, households, businesses and schools. In 5 years, we want to be serving 100,000 households and businesses, have a volunteer base of 1000 and have environmental projects in 500 schools. In my country, for you to be a person worth listening to, you must have a track record to boot. Therefore, in five years, we hope MSI will show an alternative way to manage litter and waste that most importantly includes the COMMUNITY that is strong enough to influence policy making.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our plan for financial sustainability is to add value to waste through recycling and to charge for our services. We will have the households and businesses separate their waste into the 3 bags we will provide. They will pay for these service. The organic waste will be composted, the glass and plastic bottles will transformed to artifacts and the cardboards will be sold to recyclers for cardboards. We will then sell these to earn money.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are very local businesses working on the issue of collecting household waste but none so far involve the community nor insist on waste segregation. The government works on the litter issue as it has street sweepers but they are only concentrated in the Central Business District. The project is different as it is asset based as opposed to need based. It sees communities as partners with abilities and skills to offer for a better environment; Practical-we will provide education, bags.Household targeted; Households forms the basis of society; Income generating thus sustainable.
Team

Founding Story

MSI was founded as a result of my search for my purpose on this earth. I have a growing discontent about the state of the environment and I want that to change. Having being brought up in a Christian home, I had been told that God there was work that can only be done by me. Therefore, at the end of 2012, I resigned from my job and focused on finding purpose. I did and in the environmental field-litter and waste. This has been the most significant experience in my life. I have something to work towards. Something that makes me joyful even when it keeps me up at night. But, what is most important about my work, it touches the lives of people and this is worth every struggle and sleepless night

Team

MSI was founded as a result of my search for my purpose on this earth. I have a growing discontent about the state of the environment and I want that to change. Having being brought up in a Christian home, I had been told that God there was work that can only be done by me. Therefore, at the end of 2012, I resigned from my job and focused on finding purpose. I did and in the environmental field-litter and waste. This has been the most significant experience in my life. I have something to work towards. Something that makes me joyful even when it keeps me up at night. But, what is most important about my work, it touches the lives of people and this is worth every struggle and sleepless night MSI has 7 board members (3 apprentices). 1. Willis (33) sits on the Board of MSI where he is the finance co-ordinator-He manages the budget and audits, does financial risk management. He is an audit manager with one of the big four accounting firms having worked in the East African region as well as in Chicago in the United States of America. He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). 2. Dean (30) serves on the board of MSI, providing assistance with strategy, communications and policy development. He works at a major environmental NGO in Nairobi, focusing on forestry and climate change issues and holds a Masters of Science (Environmental Change and Management) from the University of Oxford. 3. Purity (26) is the founder of Mazingira Safi Initiative and sits on the board as the secretary. She is a graduate from The University of Nairobi with a first class honors degree in Microbiology and Biotechnology and currently pursuing a Masters’ degree in Environmental Planning and Management at the University of Nairobi. She has a certificate on Women’s Leadership from Coady International Institute and St. FX University, Canada. She oversees implementation of the project and the teams (waste collection), managing government and community stakeholders. She has an apprentice ( 23, a fourth year university student). He will assist with corresponding with the street cleaners, artefacts and composting team. 4. Kevin (29) is the co-founder of MSI and serve on the board as a member. He has a wealth of experience in research and writing. He holds a B.Ed (Science) degree from Kenyatta University and is currently pursuing his postgraduate studies in Social Statistics. He ensures all activities are aligned to the goals and objectives of the organization. He is also the teams' researcher. He has two apprentices (both 23, new graduate) assisting in research and training development and organizing monthly cleanups, communication and volunteer management. Our 230-community volunteers’ support in social media, designing online advertisement posters, spotting cleanups zones, rallying communities to attend and attending cleanups. To evolve our team, we have apprentices as highlighted above and we have also have members. These members, from next year, will receive training after which they will be assigned roles in MSI.