The project will empower 25 women waste collectors and their families to improve their quality of life and their work conditions in Cochabamba, Bolivia. It will provide them with waste collector carts, a motorcycle cart, personal protection equipment, important work contacts and 180 educational workshops in: organization, health, hygiene, recycling and fabrication of crafts. These tools will allow them to optimize their work and consolidate a Recycling Waste Collectors and Artisans Association
In Cochabamba, over 80% of recyclable waste collector women are migrants from marginalized areas that are exposed to socio-economic exclusion. These women live in extreme poverty and have no o little education. They have found in this work the means to survive, but their conditions are too precarious and disadvantageous. They don't have recognition, protection and are exposed to serious risks of diseases. This project will organize, equip and empower them to end her poverty and exclusion.
The project will train, equip and organize 25 women waste collectors; it will provide them and their families (150 people): - Technical and integral knowledge (180 training workshops in: hygiene, health, organization and self-management, recycling, fabrication and sale of crafts manufactured with recycled materials). - Tools to increase the value of their job, significant contacts and resources to work in a better way (25 waste collector carts, a motorcycle and personal protection equipment).
The project will help 25 Bolivian recycled waste collector women and their families (150 people) end their poverty and marginalization through training, equipment and organization. The model will be replicated in other regions of the country and will help other women who are in the same situation continue their important work, but in an organized and secure manner that allows their progress, gives them more opportunities, and improves their income and their quality of life in a sustainable way.