One of my key roles here is working with the Bank Sampah $ahabat. The Sampah Bank (Sampah=Waste) opened in January 2012 and is already generating a lot of interest amoung residents and community groups. But don't take my word for it. Here's what the staff had to say about the new program:
- The Bank Sampah serves as a model organization for other groups in Ende wanting to learn how they can generate income from recycled materials;
- The Bank Sampah supports the waste management plans of the local government in Ende as well as provides a source of income generation for poor families;
- The Sampah Bank encourages residents to exchange their recyclable material for money which they can save in an account, providing access to a savings account that many clients would not have access to otherwise;
- Though still in the start up phase, the Bank Sampah has already generated interest within the community and is proving that there was clearly a market for recyclable material in Ende but previously no appropriate means for average residents to access the market;
- The Bank Sampah continues to bring in new clients each month and with continued promotion and education across sub districts and is quickly becoming a pillar of waste collection in Ende; and
- The Bank Sampah facilitates the missing link between large buyers of recyclable material from outside of the Flores Island and the individuals of Ende.
|A program of Sampah Bank where used tires are converted into segregated waste bins around the City|