Recycling waste for income generation for the handicraft industry
Recycling waste for income generation for the handicraft industry
Like most capital cities across the Pacific, Port Vila is undergoing rapid population growth (2.5% annual growth), leading to increased population density. This has in turn led to an increase in the amount of waste produced, an increase not matched by the capacity of the local Government to manage (collect and process) it. One of the key organic wastes produced is kava fibre. Port Vila now has in excess of 300 kava bars, which process on large amount of kava 6 nights a week. Kava waste is usually stock piled at the back of the kava bars, which attracts colonies of rats. This has become a major health hazard in many residential neighbourhoods in Port Vila.

The project proposes to use this organic waste and transform it into recycled paper to be used by local artists (as a new art media, akin to tapa) as well as wrapping material for local processed food such as cocoa.
The project is expected to have significant outcomes in terms of reduction in polluting waste, and improvement of environmental health, and, through a recycling process, in terms of livelihood for artists and small farmers
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Project Snapshot

ACTIV Association
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 42,284.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 30,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 19,500.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
ACTIV works with both men and women and always endeavours to empower both men and women so as to achieve a sustainable balance of power within communities. This project will benefit both men and women: both genders will be employed in the recycling unit and benefits will flow for both women and men: they will mostly use the recycled paper for their creations. Waste reduction will also affect whole families and communities in the urban area, with an important impact on children’s health.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
The direct beneficiaries of the project will be the population living close to the kava bars in Port Vila to help remove bulk of thier waste from their vicinity and settlements. And the artists and artisans using the recycled paper for their creations
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Hectares of degraded land rest 300
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 5

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Leah Silas Nimoho
678 26034
678 26034
Ms. Sherryl Mahina Ulufia


SGP-Vanuatu, UN Joint Presence Office,Rue Mercet, Reserve Bank of Vanuatu 4th Level
PORT VILA, South West Pacific, PMB 9096