A total of 8047 informal waste workers (IWWs) were identified by PRISM – Poverty Reduction of Informal Workers in Solid Waste Management Sector, a project working to improve the living conditions and enhance social protection of the informal workers in solid waste management sector in Nepal.
The three-year project is a Practical Action implementation within the five municipalities of the Kathmandu Valley and funded by European Union in partnership with Center for Integrated Urban Development and was targeted to groups comprising socially excluded IWWs.
Sharing the project’s results, Dr Shirish Singh, Head of Urban Water, Sanitation and Waste Programme at Practical Action informed that a total of 4341 IWWs have directly benefited after the project intervention.
“At least 25 major waste based enterprises have been initiated by the IWWs after getting support from the project and 1635 IWWs are female.”
Enterprises included waste plastic handicrafts, compost making, sack production, bio-briquette production, and rickshaw and scrap centers among others.
The project also introduced nine different social protection schemes under health care, child protection and women protection schemes.
Among the other significant pointers from the project’s results are interventions which facilitated the formation of 59 IWWs’ groups and capacity building for collective bargaining for better price and enhancing technical and entrepreneurial skills.