In Mombasa, Kenya, the failure of local authorities to manage a functioning garbage system results in the dumping of the city’s trash into the poorest communities. However, this also presents opportunities for marginalized people to eke out a livelihood. This research study focuses on the impact of environmental racism in Mombasa as well as the resiliency of the affected communities. To understand the lived experiences of those affected, individual interviews and focus groups were held in Kiswahili and English, as determined by participant comfort, along with several hours of ethnographic participant-observations. The findings include the impact of excessive trash on their communities, community-proposed solutions to the garbage problem, and their individual stories of hardship. This project supports arguments that sustainability can only be achieved in conjunction with poverty alleviation.
|Keywords:||Poverty, Solid Waste Management, Kenya, Environmental Justice|
Doctoral Student, Social Work, University of Connecticut, West Hartford, USA