Having proven that you can run a viable business creating products out of recycled plastic in Kenya we get frequent visits from different organizations and individuals interested in starting their own plastic recycling workshops and requesting if we can help with machine building and training. In the last couple of months we have hosted, Close the Gap, Futbol Mas – Mathare, Kilimani Project Foundation, groups from Lamu Island, Watamu, Diani, and most recently students from Braeburn Garden Estate. As we build machines and provide training to organizations we hope to shift our focus from production to product innovation.
In keeping with our mission of cleaning up Kenya’s natural spaces and empowering local communities to earn an income though plastic recycling. We have started the Plastiki Rafiki Network – a network of organizations using open source plastic recycling machines and products designed and built by Plastiki Rafiki at the International School of Kenya – working together, we are building a cleaner, greener and healthier Kenya!
Our goal in the coming months is to outsource the production to these other workshops giving employment and income to local communities while we concentrate on product and mold design which we share with network members.