At Taka Taka Zero, our vision is to provide the best sustainable solution for low-income communities to cope with and make use of the abundance of non-recyclable waste, while creating food and job security for their most vulnerable young people. We envision a future that is led by educated, environmentally-conscious individuals which have experienced these challenges first-hand, but have received the needed support to transform their experience into positive change in their communities and beyond.
The pilot started running in September 2022
We aim to feed 300 children a day. This is especially important as sometimes their only access to food is the one provided by the school.
Started in September 2022, in partnership with the Community Cooker Foundation, Nestle, One Chuom Youth Reform Group, and Mathare Community School, we are working with a pre-existing Community Cooker to provide breakfast and lunch five days a week for 300 children of the local primary school.
Through workshops and training days, students of Mathare Community School will be encouraged to bring their daily domestic waste to school, using our custom Taka Taka Zero tote bag, to fuel the Community Cooker.
The purpose of the pilot project is to get statistics and feedback on the business model, in order to improve it and perfect it in the future. We aim to create a sustainable solution for household waste, youth unemployment and food insecurity.
Hunger and malnutrition is rampant in Mathare slum. Our project will feed the entire school population (314 children) twice a day (breakfast and lunch), 5 days a week; thus culminating in 3140 meals per week being prepared. Furthermore, through surplus food produced donated by supermarkets, meals will contain fresh fruits and vegetables to add further nutritional value to the children’s diet. More nutritious meals and full stomachs will allow the children to concentrate more in class, thus study better. Hence, not only will the project reduce hunger, but increase the value and effectiveness of the school’s curriculum. Through our provision of ‘Milo’, a Nestle milk powder, through our partnership with Nestle Kenya, attendance has also been at an all time high.
Youth unemployment at Mathare slum is set at a staggering 35%. To combat this, our project is training and working with youths (18-23) who are compensated with payment. The goal is to educate and up-skill the youths with waste management knowledge which they can leverage in their future careers.
We aim to dramatically alter the attitude towards waste and waste management. We want to remove any taboo notions surrounding waste in slum areas, instead focusing on teaching youths and children in Mathare about waste management, recycling and the environmental and health benefits. This knowledge will trickle up to families and parents and down to friends and younger people who will look up to them in the future. Thus, we hope to create environment-conscious future leaders.
We will bake 20 loaves of bread a day that will be sold to the community.