Dear Arianne, In our county any product that goes to the market need to be certified by TBS ( Tanzania Bureau Of standards ) this is done in two phases, and we did the first phase already and got approval of our products.
Hallow Kate, The loans are given to group of 5 to 10 youths who want to establish waste collection center, they buy waste plastics and add a small margin and sell to us, on conditions they need to have a letter from a local authorities confirming their identity, for the first time we give them a small loan enabling them to buy 2 tones of waste plastics, so when they reach 2 tonnes they call us and we go to the site and when we we pay them we deduct a small amount from the loan we have given them, we continue like that until when they finish the loan and they have raised their own money and the business capital became theirs 100%.
With regards to Garbage Medical Insurance, We have partnered with NHIF ( National Health Insurance Fund), we have identified the community which we visit once per week and pick their waste plastics and give points, when the community/family reaches 120 points the family qualifies for Medical Insurance for one child in a family for three months renewable for four terms ( one year ) so we offer them NHIF cards for them to access medical services. We currently focus on medical insurance specifically for kids, due to high mortality rate in our country. I think is different form the other link you sent.
With regards to 3.5 million kg of waste plastics, this is our three years business plan, and that is the target we need to meet, We get waste plastics from either collection centers which we have given small loans to youth groups to establish or we get waste plastics from homes from our Garbage Medical Insurance program.