Project in Kisumu, Kenya Funded by WomenStrong International
In 2015, we partnered with the Alice Visionary Foundation Project (AVFP) and WomenStrong International (WSI) to incentivize individuals in the Manyatta neighborhood of Kisumu to perform social services through the SoCCs program. The largest impact in these communities has been a complete transformation of waste management, including the implementation of a systematic approach to collecting, recycling, and disposal. The community identified three dumping areas to be cleaned and converted into kitchen gardens, which serve as a reliable source of nutritional crops. A sustainable collection system was created in which individuals gather and sort waste, and earn SoCCs based on the weight of waste sent away to designated garbage disposal points. Community members have reflected upon the newfound beauty of their environment, which was once viewed as the slums. In addition to this sense of pride, individuals redeem iSoCCs for umbrellas, solar lights, stoves, school fees, supplies, and uniforms. The community also redeems CommSoCCs for plastic chairs, tents, and generators.
Due to the success of the first phase of SoCCs implementation, we initiated a second phase that serves as an expansion of activities available for earning SoCCs. Community members practiced improved food hygiene and sanitation behaviour, organized community events, established youth sports teams, and engaged in prenatal and postnatal healthcare programs.
Environmental Sustainability Initiative
Partner: Alice Visionary Foundation Project and WomenStrong International
Location: Kisumu, Kenya
- Transformation of the waste management system, including the implementation of a systematic approach to collecting, recycling, and disposal
- SoCCs earned based on the weight of waste sent away to designated garbage disposal points
- iSoCCs redeemed for umbrellas, solar lights, stoves, school fees, supplies, and uniforms
- CommSoCCs redeemed by the community for plastic chairs, tents, and generators
(Updated in September 2016) The AVFP has expanded SoCCs to the Magadi Primary School for Girls. Launched in July 2016, the program has enrolled 20 girls, in a school of 1000 students. AVFP having previously worked in the school to create a girls empowerment club, enrolled members who volunteered from that club to be a part of the pilot program. Girls in the program are earning SoCCs for working in a community garden, maintaining the cleanliness of the school’s bathrooms, collecting garbage and maintaining flower pots around the school.
Due to the success of the first phase of SoCCs implementation, we initiated a second phase that serves as an expansion of activities available for earning SoCCs. Community members can practice improved food hygiene and sanitation, organize for community events, establish youth sports teams, and engage in prenatal and postnatal healthcare programs
This project contributes to 7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)