We buy recyclable trash from some of the poorest people in Indonesia; trash pickers. They live amid rotting garbage, breathe smoke filled air, wash and cook in polluted water. They have limited education and no skills to make a better life for themselves or their families. Living in utter poverty on about $4.00 a day, a trash picker is exposed daily to infectious diseases and hazardous waste. E coli, salmonella and pathogens that cause hepatitis and tetanus are common ailments in this community.
XSProject pays above market prices for the trash it buys from the pickers, providing them with extra income. From this trash, XSProject sewers (who were previously unemployed) make unique & colorful products that are sold around the world. Income from product sales helps to pay for health check-ups for trash picker families, pays medical needs and provides vocational training for women who live in the community. When training is complete, XSMicrofinance offers them small business loans.
Through the sale of our products, XSProject draws attention to global consumer waste and its effect on marginalized communities and the environment. By providing vocational training and micro-loans, trash picker families gain skills and confidence to start their own businesses and break the cycle of poverty. Our sister project on GlobalGiving - Give An Education to a Trash Picker's Child provides next generation education and vocational training for the children of the trash picker community.
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