Launching of a new recycling project for environmental protection in Mali and Burkina Faso

Mali and Burkina Faso, two neighboring countries, are marked by a developing economy with over 40% of the population living below the poverty line estimated at US$1.90 per day. 

In regards to environmental aspects, both countries encounter tremendous problems when it comes to the EPI (Environmental Performance Index) and both countries are faced with many environmental problems and are coping with irreversible environmental damage due to the climate change. Moreover, waste- and rubbish management remains inadequate in both countries.

This is why the United Teams - the strategic alliance of the YOU Foundation and HOPE'87 have launched a new project for the recycling of plastic waste in the communities of Finkolo (Mali) and Koloko (Burkina Faso). 

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of environmental pollution by recycling plastic waste into tables, benches and equipment for primary schools. 

The demand of recycling as an income-generating initiative for the women has now become so high in both communities that an operational unit for plastic waste is currently being set up in the project region for the collection of plastic waste and its recycling into new market demand-driven items. 

The project especially aims to target the poorest areas of both countries and those who are the furthest away from political decision-making processes. This holistic approach allows to strengthen social inclusion and alleviate inequality.

The implementation strategy is thus based on a participatory approach that includes on the one hand all key actors involved in the waste management and on the other hand all the actors benefiting from the project's out-puts.

This is why the United Teams works in close collaboration with the communal and administrative authorities, the mayors of Finkolo in Mali and Koloko in Burkina Faso, the technical services of environment and education and the concerned women's groups. All stakeholders were informed, sensitized, trained, involved and associated with the implementation and monitoring-evaluation of the project. 

Recycle, earn and enjoy a clean environment- that’s what drives the women of Finkolo and Koloko!