One of the Trash-2-Cash Initiative is the Kariobangi community cooker which is valued at an estimate of Ksh 4.5 million is supported by a consortium of Corporates, UN Agencies and Civil Society members that share a common goal in sustainable waste management through a shared value approach.
The project is advancing the principles of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the use of combustible waste to generate energy for cooking. This intends to reduce the negative impact on forests, clean immediate environments, provide safe and clean cooking conditions for households as well as empower youth and women with skills and sources of income to reduce the high unemployment rates. It has also provided avenue to strengthen community engagement through volunteerism which safeguards social inclusion, deepens cohesion and solidifies ownership of its development results in the target area.
The Community Cooker project which is coordinated by AEN and managed by Raslimali Enterprises Ltd, a community social enterprise umbrella group of 11 youth groups (Kariobangi Waste Management Alliance) in Kariobangi and its environs.