Total loan: $40,000

Savco Millers

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Kampala, Central Region, Uganda / Services

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A loan helped to expand recycling collection and processing that improves the pay of plastic garbage collectors.

Savco Millers's story


Life for Kampala’s plastic collectors is hard. Each day Kampala generates over 600 tons of plastic waste, most of which ends up clogging vital drainage systems or polluting rivers. As the city's poorest and most disadvantaged residents, plastic collectors often tread a thin line between crime and poverty with the sale of plastic waste representing a small but reliable income for many.


Founded in 2007 by Norbert (last picture) Savco Millers recycles plastic waste across Uganda turning it into environmentally-friendly products like tree nursery grow bags. Working together with plastic collectors, Savco Millers offers training, protective equipment and a set price for all plastic collected. By cutting out middlemen and working direct with collectors Savco pays nearly double the market price for plastic collected.

Loan Use

The loan will be used to expand its area of collection, and to increase the size of the processing plant, providing more income opportunities for plastic waste collectors.