KENYA, FEBRUARY 2022
Neglected by the administration, garbage is piling up in the Mathare slum on the outskirts of Nairobi.
For the young people of the Mathare Ecological Association, the implementation of a system of home garbage collection has a triple benefit. First, it guarantees young people a paid job while helping to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. Finally, it has an impact on the reputation of the slum: it conveys a less violent face of the neighborhood where young people no longer turn to gangs to escape idleness but build a more sustainable future.
Every day, the young people of the association climb the high towers that line the neighborhood to take down the garbage that they transport on a cart pulled by their arms to the public dump. An intense activity welcomed by the inhabitants who appreciate to take advantage of a cleaner environment for a small fixed amount.