Industrialisation of the Home


Meghana Patel




Zabbaleen, Cairo



Cairo's  15 million inhabitants generate an average of 9000 tons of household  solid waste every day, and everyday thousands of residents of Cairo,  known as Zabbaleen (Arabic for garbage collectors) collect about  one-third of this waste. They undertake the daily tasks on door-to-door  collection, transport, sorting recovery, trading and re-manufacturing,  using household waste from major sections of Cairo. Their sorting spaces  is adjacent to their living space. The recycling micro-enterprise  industry has generated jobs and incomes for an estimated 40000 people.  All this activity is in the informal sector. Industrialization  of the Home explores the dynamics of the Zabbaleen community. Through  the view of the existing value chain, it aims shorten the production  methods chain of events. The key aspects, in order to breaking down the timeline of events, are to understand the  scale of tools, where are the loopholes within this community and where  the value of product is at its lowest.  .


Micro-Factory, Zabbaleen, Value Chain, Circular, Home

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