he city of Nairobi generates thousands of tonnes of waste every day, much of which is dumped in streets and rivers. The majority of low-income earners cannot afford to pay for waste management services. TakaTaka Solutions, a waste management company, is hoping to clean up Nairobi. German-born founder Daniel Paffenholz told How we made it in Africa’s Dinfin Mulupi about the opportunities in Kenya’s waste management sector and his experience doing business in Africa.
What was the inspiration behind TakaTaka Solutions?
I was staying in Coastal Kenya where most households burn their waste, in particular their plastic waste. This motivated me to start research on the waste management sector in Kenya with an initial idea of setting up a plastic waste management factory. I realised later that this would not be feasible because most people do not separate waste. In addition, most of the waste is organic and the majority of the population does not have any collection service. Nearly 2.5 million people in Nairobi do not have proper waste collection services because they cannot afford to.
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