COMSOL Cooperative for Environmental Solutions
Supporting social inclusion through recycling
The cooperative, composed of eight former waste pickers, collects and buys recyclable materials in Maputo. Waste pickers and residents assist in the collection process by dropping recyclables off at collection points, where they are picked up by the enterprise’s truck. Other cooperative members, having received proper training, sort and clean the recyclables to sell them to companies in the city.
The recyclables collected include plastic, aluminium and glass. Ninety per cent of the profits generated are shared among its members, while ten per cent is reinvested in the cooperative.
COMSOL Cooperative for Environmental Solutions is ensuring social protection and inclusion for underprivileged inhabitants of Maputo and their families. Waste pickers are offered the opportunity to increase their monthly income, and community members are stimulated to actively take part in their neighbourhood’s development.
COMSOL Cooperative for Environmental Solutions implements the enterprise’s activities. It collects, sorts, cleans and resells recyclables to companies in Maputo.
Lay Volunteer International Association (LVIA) offers technical and management support, seeks new partnerships, mediates negotiations and monitors existing contracts.
Mozambican Association for the Promotion of Modern Cooperatives (AMPCM) promotes the cooperative model and supports the cooperative’s development.
The 2015 SEED Awards in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa.