Riziki Safi Services herein referred to as RSS(acronym) is a waste management initiative of Riziki Kenya in Lindi ward targeting residents of Kibera initially in the villages of Kambi Muru as pilot area spread to Kisumu Ndogo and Lindi minor.
The marketing slogan is mazingira bora and translated- a clean future.
Riziki Saf Services have infiltrated the villages with zeal. In the line of duty they get to business with a social aspect in mind. They listen to clients’ input and address them soberly without showing disparities or conflict of interest.
Philigola Pamba, a client of RSS, was cautious to add, “Waste disposal though crucial, people just live with it but with grassroots sensitisation it can be embraced with residents owning the process as a complimentary to living with health guidelines.”
The health aspect has shadowed her for a long time now and taken precedence over everything else. A fatal stroke paralysed this widow who takes care of Jael Anyango, an orphan supported by KIN and she is at a loss of how to move on normally, the situation having deepened her poverty. Notwithstanding the caregiver is able to be in the RSS and in solidarity with the group assisted by KIN even though she does not attend group meetings due to the ailment.
This business is growing and the tally as at mid-December had reached 200 but with the sieving of non- performers taking out 30 households we had performing 170 households drawn from two villages. By the end of the December, it is anticipated to reach the 2 mark despite the short comings of ongoing phasing out non-performers through tract records and not resolving it amicably.
Only one case is supported directly, a village elder, which is paid for through goodwill since the project began. At no time do we wish to offer the service for free but through consultations special cases be assisted albeit for some time.
Health issues especially high risky toxicities levels continues to threaten residents where alleys and open trenches form drainages with human and domestic animals urine and faeces running freely. Many families that have been driven here by economic hardships have yet to make it a priority to live in a clean environment.
As per work schedule, the following is typical in RSS due diligence:
|General cleaning of drainages. RSS initiatives to a crucial create awareness and break the cycle of littering day for presence||a crucial day for presence|
|Tuesday||Marketing – doing zonal while calling on clients whilst distributing the taka paper bag|
|Wednesday||The crew converges and consults. Repairs and maintenance of equipments serves as a bonding session. Record keeping is also critically looked into and rectified or remedial pursued.|
|Thursday||Sorting- for the taka to be ready for collection, this is a time to gather and park it|
|Friday||Collection. A pickup truck gets the taka paper bags at the end of tarmac road at Karanja in the morning.|
|Saturday||Marketing using zones.|
|Sunday||Alternative days for debt collection unanimously declared by the RSS crew|
-Pic above: Ahmed, tasked with consolidating the waste for parking on Thursday, calculating his next move, while Levi does the client interaction and follow up.
Clients are requesting for dustbins or sacks to better keep their taka as domestic animals especially cats and dogs ravaging through the trash bags doing damage.
To keep the place clean, the request for use of pesticides to keep weevils and other insects at the taka place has been made.
The holiday season has more taka collection and therefore capacity increased with use of 2 go carts.
Lessons Learnt and Good Practice
Women continue to command a large percentage of the clients and are buying into the clean future. They are quick to get into support mechanisms which make life better for them.-Pic left- women embrace support initiatives, Hamsa receiving her taka bag and update
Roll out promotional items – every house hold of the 200 to receive a door sticker, draft as shown. This will serve as an identity as well as visibility in marking RSS presence.
There is limited taka paper per waste ratio especially for those who are vendors of raw foodstuff. They require like 3 taka bags but only willing to pay for one per week. Therefore taka bins would be needed for adequate collection.
Abbreviations and Acronyms:
Riziki – Daily Provision
Rss – Riziki Safi Services
Taka paper bag – Trash paper bag ( black polythene)
Mazingira bora – A cleaner environment/future
OVC – Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Usafi – Cleanliness
Epuka Magonjwa – Evade Diseases