People who make a living collecting and selling recyclable products in Argentina face high levels of discrimination. Many residents see these ‘recyclers’ as working in unsanitary conditions, despite the work providing environmentally-friendly livelihoods to groups with few employment options. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to create economic opportunity and social inclusion for underserved populations in Argentina, including women, who are more likely to take on stigmatized work like recycling. Fundación Avina will improve the quality of life for recyclers and their families by enhancing their organizational capacity, promoting women’s leadership, and advocating for municipal government recognition of their work, including implementation of solid waste management policies.
This cooperative agreement is part of a public-private partnership between the IAF, Danone Ecosystems, and Aguas Danone Argentina to improve recyclers’ lives and increase recycling rates.