RESOLVE Trash 2 Cash narrative report

RESOLVE Trash 2 Cash narrative report

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 'Resolve Trash to Cash' is the story of street dwellers of Kolkata metropolis, who turned out to be the most successful entrepreneurs in this rapidly changing world of economies and environment, social structures and infrastructures in the whirlpool of urban development and climate change. Nobody knows much about the women in the shanty towns of urban metros or the children in the footpath except the fact that they survive as the 'citizens of dirt' and that they are the most unwanted of all. Before we open the window to this unknown world, let us listen to Mrs. Sonar More from Mumbai, who in her forty's earns her livelihood as a rag picker in the streets of Mumbai and also attended the Earth Summit on climate change in Durban to represent her community with a city based NGO. She says, “Society generally sees us waste-pickers as thieves. So, when we women go to look for work, homeowners ask where we have worked before. The moment they hear we were waste-pickers they either refuse to give us work or pay us far lower wages. So most women make only half of what they would have earned as rag-pickers.”
But what she believes is different. She wants to portray her as a waste worker who keeps the city clean, a recycler who can amplify resources through recycling and reuse, a woman who cares for her children and expects the dignity of a woman from the society. She clarifies, “Though some of us work for the municipality, most are free roaming rag-pickers who pick up waste from every corner of the city including the city dumping grounds. But increasingly the dumping grounds are privately owned. The companies who are setting up new landfill and recycling projects are asking us not to use their dumping grounds any more. We do not have any others means to support ourselves. At the climate summit, we are asking governments to recognize our work as waste managers and recyclers and create a small fund that would help us continue our job.”
'Resolve Trash 2 Cash' discovered great entrepreneurs in these women of dirt, who just needs technology cooperation and seed resources to be an entrepreneur like any other person from this generation. The program envisaged a mammoth change in the urban perspective for the urban poor and the rich as well which would have a sustainable solution for the city's waste so that it is climate adaptive, pro-poor and economically viable. Thus the 'Theory of Change' became the lifeline for this program 'Resolve Trash to Cash' which banks on Integrated Municipal Solid waste management' through recycling, reusing and thereby reducing landfill and pollution. The mission of this women led enterprise has ever been that 'Recycling is an art that sustains life and livelihood'. It empowered women not just to earn their bread but to earn the dignity of a mother who rears her children for a better tomorrow. The present article tries to encrypt this journey from the shanty towns and streets of Kolkata to the dais of the world in COP20 climate summit in Lima, Peru.