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Kick-Off Hasiru Dala

Last Thursday, 24th November, we did the kick-off of our newest challenge with our partner Hasiru Dala! we got to know our new team and visited the people of the site with whom we will primarily work with. In this update all relevant names and parties will be addressed.

The Kick-Off

Our newest adventure started in the Hasiru Dala office, where members from all the parties named below where present. We were warmly welcomed by the kind staff with some very good chai. Nalini gave us a short introduction in to Hasiru Dala and her impact; emphasizing the importance in creating more sustainable opportunities for the waste pickers and other informal workers. Niels did a presentation on SweepSmart, highlighting the opportunities in the collaboration.

Succeeding the speeches we went to see one of Hasiru Dala’s sites for the first time. The site we will work with is the one of Sadashivaiah (we can call him Sada). Here we met part of his family, who also work in his ward, and all the other workers. Some of the pk’s (municipal workers who collect the waste and then deliver it to the ward) also dropped by.

At the end of this morning we celebrated the succesfull kick-off with an extensive lunch. During the lunch we got to know each other better and shared some good stories and expertises on waste management.

Group Photo Kick-Off Hasiru Dala

Introduction to Hasiru Dala and its impact

Hasiru Dala is a membership based non-profit organization of waste pickers and other informal waste workers, like scrap dealers and Kabariwalla’s. Hasiru Dala strives to integrate marginalized informal waste workers including waste pickers in the solid waste management framework by utilizing their expertise in the domain. Initiated in 2013, Hasiru Dala now has a membership of over 7500 waste pickers and is innovating services and business models that leverage waste pickers’ expertise and entrepreneurship, generating stable livelihoods in the process.

In addition to livelihood creation, Hasiru Dala enables workers’ access to social security benefits for improving the quality of life. The admittance to social security benefits include procuring government issued occupational ID cards that give workers a sense of identity as well as access to financial inclusion, health insurance schemes, educational scholarship and loans for their children’s education and to run their own enterprises.

If you want to know more, you can visit their website.

Who is in Hasiru Dala?

Nalini Shekar 
She is the CEO of Hasiru Dala, and has a lot of international experience and waste management expertise.

Krupa Rani

Harish Kamal
He works for Hasiru Dala, and mainly focusses on recording all data from the wards. He is also a link between the company Plastics for Change that works together with Hasiru Dala. Plastics for Change strives to reduce plastic pollution by making the recycling cycle more inclusive and creating dignified livelihoods for the urban poor.

Other important stakeholders


Solid Waste Management Round Table, Bengaluru (SWMRT)  is a voluntary group of individuals, bringing their expertise as   SWM practitioners , waste management solution & service providers, representatives of waste-pickers & waste workers, and individual activists , and collectively working towards the cause of sustainable decentralised waste management in Bangalore , since 2009.

From SWMRT Myriam Shankar and Pinky Chandran will be our partners.