The Freetown City Council with funding support from the European Union, procured and distributed 60 tricycles and ancillary support materials to 60 micro-enterprise groups to collect household waste across the Freetown Municipality; each group is made of 10 members this created job opportunities for 600 youths. Each group has at least one female member and the KOFC group operating in ward 428 with all of its 10 members registered as deaf and dumb is amongst the most proficient. As at 17th January waste is being collected from 12,936 registered households on a daily and sometimes weekly schedule. To ensure sustainability of the micro-enterprises.
in October 2019 FLS Academy was contracted to provide 15 months business mentoring and coaching sessions to the micro-enterprise groups. To date each of the 60 micro-enterprises has received 32 hours of coaching session held over a period of 16 weeks; 480 youths now belong to one of 48 newly registered cooperatives satisfying legal requirements to operate business bank account in the name of the group; savings of over SLL 47,000,000 raised by the groups business since the start of their operations in November 2019 can now be managed using their individual business bank account. The groups are on track to have registered over 18,000 households in the city for waste collection and disposal by June 2020 and to have sustainable businesses with adequate working capital by November 2020.