“It’s a matter of chance where one is born.”

An experience with informal workers earning livelihoods at dumpsites

by Vivek Singh, Programme Lead Livelihoods

In October 2022, I visited Dandora dumpsite, one of the largest landfills of Nairobi, Kenya. I think most of us have either seen a dumpsite or passed by one. But I don’t know how many of us have actually walked on a dumpsite. The Dandora dumpsite is a huge landfill, over 30 acres, where over 10,000 women and men work as waste workers.

Soul-stirring experience

I spent couple of hours walking on that dumpsite. It was not any visit for me. I had a purpose to experience, first hand, the daily lives of people working on a dumpsite for a livelihood.

The experience was a soul-stirring one for me. I say so, because it got under my skin. It wasn’t just the toxic fumes, that I inhaled without a choice, that stayed with me for days and weeks. It was seeing how people were constrained by circumstances to spends their lives, collecting and sorting waste, and in some cases, making the dumpsite, their home. 

It reminded me again that it’s a matter of chance where one is born and the journey that one traverses, at times with limited opportunities. I could have been one of them working on that site to earn my living, and one of the workers might have been living my life.

Making a difference

The whole experience was part of an exploration phase, part of my work at the IKEA Foundation. I got to experience a real life problem that gave me practical insights on how certain constraints can be turned into opportunities and that everyone has a right to a dignified life, everywhere.

This visit grounded us to take a deeper look at the problem of waste and more importantly the lives of people involved in collecting and sorting waste for a livelihood. We have fed this experience into the work that we do at the IKEA Foundation. We recognise that it is a complex and multi-faceted problem as well as an opportunity to find solutions to make a difference in the lives of the many people and the health of our planet.

I am hopeful that in the time to come, we’ll see changes in the lives and living conditions of waste workers, based on the efforts being made by our partner organisations.

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In India, 15 million metric tonnes of plastic waste are generated every year, but only around 25% of that waste is recycled. There are also millions of informal waste workers in India who play a key role in plastic waste management but often donโ€™t earn a living wage and are subject to environmental pollution.

Our #2023AnnualReview highlight was about our Financial Inclusion and Improved Livelihoods Out of Plastics (FINILOOP) programme in India, where 364 metric tonnes of additional plastic waste were collected and recycled and, as a result of supporting informal waste workers in obtaining vital government documents, 111 children received access to education. 

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In India, 15 million metric tonnes of plastic waste are generated every year, but only around 25% of that waste is recycled. There are also millions of informal waste workers in India who play a key role in plastic waste management but often donโ€™t earn a living wage and are subject to environmental pollution.

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Read more about how weโ€™re creating a more positive impact on the livelihoods of waste workers and the planet ๐Ÿ‘‡
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HEJ weโ€™re @practical_action! ๐Ÿ‘‹ 

Are you curious to hear what our #2023AnnualReview highlight was? ๐Ÿ’ญ

2023 marked the conclusion of our five-year Transforming Rural Economies and Youth Livelihoods (TREYL) programme. Our partnership with the IKEA Foundation has improved incomes and livelihoods for 9,400 young entrepreneurs, half of them women. 

Learn more about Practical Action and how weโ€™re transforming rural economies and youth livelihoods through #RegenerativeAgriculture to create more opportunities for farmers via the link in our bio ๐Ÿ”—

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HEJ weโ€™re @practical_action! ๐Ÿ‘‹ 

Are you curious to hear what our #2023AnnualReview highlight was? ๐Ÿ’ญ

2023 marked the conclusion of our five-year Transforming Rural Economies and Youth Livelihoods (TREYL) programme. Our partnership with the IKEA Foundation has improved incomes and livelihoods for 9,400 young entrepreneurs, half of them women. 

Learn more about Practical Action and how weโ€™re transforming rural economies and youth livelihoods through #RegenerativeAgriculture to create more opportunities for farmers via the link in our bio ๐Ÿ”—

#AnnualReviewSeries #PeopleAndPlanet #IKEAFoundationHighlights2023
HEJ weโ€™re @practical_action! ๐Ÿ‘‹ 

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Talking about failure can be uncomfortable, but when we donโ€™t, we miss the opportunity to grow. The value of failure is in helping us โ€“ and other funders, philanthropic organisations and companies โ€“ to learn from mistakes, create more impact and make real progress towards eradicating poverty.

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#AnnualReviewSeries #PeopleAndPlanet #IKEAFoundationHighlights2023
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Talking about failure can be uncomfortable, but when we donโ€™t, we miss the opportunity to grow. The value of failure is in helping us โ€“ and other funders, philanthropic organisations and companies โ€“ to learn from mistakes, create more impact and make real progress towards eradicating poverty.

Learn more about Acumen and how weโ€™re inviting others to share their learnings from failures and enabling actors to make wiser decisions in the future via the link in our bio ๐Ÿ”—

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Follow our socials and join us on a journey to see if itโ€™s still possible to change the future of our planet ๐ŸŒ

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Follow our socials and join us on a journey to see if itโ€™s still possible to change the future of our planet ๐ŸŒ

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2023 marked the halfway point to the deadline of the Sustainable Development Goals (2030) โฐ

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2023 marked the halfway point to the deadline of the Sustainable Development Goals (2030) โฐ

For our #2023AnnualReview, we asked some of our partners to take a look back at the past year to reflect on their progress and learnings ๐Ÿ”™

Follow our socials and join us on a journey to see if itโ€™s still possible to change the future of our planet ๐ŸŒ

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2023 marked the halfway point to the deadline of the Sustainable Development Goals (2030) โฐ

For our #2023AnnualReview, we asked some of our partners to take a look back at the past year to reflect on their progress and learnings ๐Ÿ”™

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