Women Revolutionise Waste Management on Nicaraguan Island
IPS Inter Press Service: ALTAGRACIA, Nicaragua, Sep 7 2015 -
A group of poor women from Ometepe, a beautiful tropical island in the
centre of Lake Nicaragua, decided to dedicate themselves to recycling
garbage as part of an initiative that did not bring the hoped-for
economic results but inspired the entire community to keep this
biosphere reserve clean.
began in 2007. María del Rosario Gutiérrez remembers her initial
interest was piqued when she saw people who scavenged for waste in
Managua’s garbage dumps fighting over the contents of bags full of
plastic bottles, glass and metal.
How much could garbage be worth for people to actually hurt each other over it? she wondered. She was living in extreme...read on.