Higgins, Lorraine D.
Jiusto, J. Scott
Cape Town, South Africa
Community Organisation Resource Centre
Blue Sky Recycling provides livelihoods for 1,500 families throughout informal settlements in Cape Town, South Africa. BSR pays pickers for collectables, then sorts and resells them to distributors. Our project aimed to discover opportunities in process improvement and financial sustainability. Methods involved interviews, observations, and collective planning with liaisons. Outcomes included mechanical hoist plans, an application for data entry, market rebranding, community education, an updated website, and digitized financial spreadsheets. We collaboratively enhanced BSR’s business model to establish efficiency through quicker pickups, better working conditions, and increased publicity.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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