Currently we are in the process of studying the major considerations for waste picker ownership of a garbage company. Together with our partner Basix, Tiffany has been working hard collecting and analyzing both primary and secondary data.
We started with a polling of waste picker values, preferences, and major concerns in Indore where Basix works. Survey outcomes will then inform the process of structuring a legal entity that protects waste picker interests.
Interestingly, preliminary findings indicate that waste pickers are overwhelmingly interested in increased income, and only then in savings and loans. Opportunities for leadership, respect, or recognition are valued by a significantly smaller portion of the population.