UN-HABITAT youth fund project

Solid waste management is one of the major problems in Kathmandu valley with piles of solid waste piled up in road side week by week with the possibility of spread of epidemic diseases effecting health and economy of people. Around 365 ton of waste per day is generated in Kathmandu metropolitan city itself with 88% of waste collected per day while 12% remains uncollected. The collected waste is managed by landfilling which is the major source of methane, 21 times potential GHG than carbon dioxide. Huge amount of money is invested for solid waste management in the valley but with very little success and community participation. This problem can be attributed to lack of sustainable and profitable management to turn trash into cash. This challenge of solid waste management can be opportunity to sail in untapped market for youth to cash in, where unemployment rate is high, especially in poor slum and squatter communities of Kathmandu valley.

The project aims to initiate micro enterprise model with concept of “reuse and recycle of solid waste”, tapping untapped market and thereby reducing GHG emission. This project would portray successful business model creating self employment opportunities for youth and addressing the problem of solid waste management by generating cash from trash.

The main objectives of this project are:

  • To produce skilled youth technician
  • To establish model micro enterprise with sustainable and profitable management of solid waste in the community providing self employment opportunities to the skilled youths

The project plans to achieve its objectives within 12 months. The project targets unemployed youth in slum and squatter communities of Balkhu, Thapathali, Gongabu and Kapan as a main beneficiaries. At the end of project around 40 skilled youth technician with entrepreneurial skill would be developed benefiting their economy and social status. This initiative would be self sustained and profitable community business model for solving the problem of solid waste management and thereby benefiting overall community. In first phase, skill training on composting, biogas plant, biobriquette and handicraft training especially for women will be provided to around 40 youth candidate in total from the selected four communities. In second phase, seed money of certain amount would be provided to user group of each community for initiating micro enterprise at local level through partnership with cooperative ensuring the sustainability of the project.