Employ Families Working on Recycling in Peru



We are organizing families into small micro-enterprises that work on recycling activities, which will improve their current working conditions, increase their income level and create healthier cities.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The project benefits 300 families who make their living from recycling. It indirectly benefits 400,000 inhabitants of Pucallpa who will live in a healthier city. Currently, about 320 tons of waste are disposed of daily into an open dump in the center of the city. As a result, Ucayali River and Yarinacocha Lake are increasingly polluted. Both are used by many families to fish and launder clothes, and the families suffer from parasitism, diarrhea, and typhus, among other diseases.

How will this project solve this problem?

Create an association of micro-enterprises in charge of collecting waste material from homes/companies and transporting to a recycling collection center. Build/operate a plant for treating organic waste to obtain natural fertilizers.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project creates new jobs, educates citizens about waste management, treates waste, and creates responsible consumers.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Albina Ruiz

Executive Director
Lima, Lima Peru

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