"I opted to start my own business"

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How the Taka ni Mali project helped improve Emmanuel and his family’s livelihood

32-year-old Emmanuel Lucas Malongo is a waste aggregator and an entrepreneur. Thanks to the Taka ni Mali project, Emmanuel and his family’s lives have changed for the better; this is his story. 

Before he was a waste aggregator, having not yet joined a Community Based Organisation (CBO) or even heard of the Taka ni Mali project, Emmanuel used to work as a pest control fumigator. The money wasn’t good, and neither were the working conditions. He had very few customers interested in the services he had to offer, and the chemicals he had to deal with in the fumigation business had adverse effects on his health. In a month, Emmanuel would make between CHF 109 to 129, which just wasn’t enough for him and his family.