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Cairo recyclers Safaa Latif Elizabeth MacBride
Safaa Latif works at her loom.

Cairo, Egypt, Entrepreneurs Take Recycling to a New Level

Nonprofit Association for Protection of the Environment is helping the women of Cairo’s Garbage City become micro-entrepreneurs through profitable recycling.

In the City of Cairo, Egypt, nonprofit Association for Protection of the Environment is helping the women of Cairo’s Garbage City become micro-entrepreneurs through profitable recycling.

With this concept, workers recycle approximately 80 to 85 percent of the materials they receive, which is about 15,000 tons a day. The workers are then paid by the piece, and the funds they make are shared with the nonprofit, which runs a profitable retail shop.

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The air is rank with the smell of trash in Cairo’s Garbage City. But behind a gate and at the end of a long walkway leading away from the alleys lined with bags of garbage, a courtyard is filled with trees that clean the air.

Inside one of the workshops framing the open space, Safaa Latif stands at a loom, bringing the shuttle down hard to push the weft through the warp. A fabric is being born: Bright rainbow colors drawn through a pink background will become either a small rug or a purse.

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