Waste pickers are faced with problems related to poverty, illiteracy, lack of skills health care etc. These are problems that cannot be tackled individually but can be better solved through group efforts. Today these Self Help Groups that are started by SAMMAN in Bhopal city have become the vehicle of change for the poor and marginalized migrants in the Bhopal City. Women consisting of 11 – 15 members in each group. These women pay more attention on empowerment of women and children especially rag picking children. SHGs create in them confidence and courage to address and take up varied issues concerning themselves and the community. Regular saving and link with banks help them for their economic development.
Community participation / leadership determine the success of the upgrade. SAMMAN has formed Slum Development Committees in the slums consisting of women, men and youth as members. These committees meet once a month and discuss about the various issues related to their areas and try to solve them. They become more and more responsible and develop leadership skills.
Capacity building of rag pickers / door to door collectors is done through regular meetings, trainings on Leadership, RTI (Right to Information), RTE (Right to Education), Government Schemes, Health and Hygiene etc. The exposure visits to Indore, Pune and Bangalore have helped them in capacity building.
Youth empowerment is a process where children and young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives. Youth groups are formed consisting of 20 youth per group. They do this by addressing their situation and then take action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.
Activities are in progress in 'Creating awareness among people of Indore city on cleanliness' as part of Swach Bharat Abhiyan in collaboration with Indore Municipal corporation.
Janvikas is part of the nation wide campaign for inclusion of Rag Pickers into the Solid Waste Management Process.
The Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 clearly states about the inclusion of Rag Pickers in the Solid Waste Management Process. Rag Pickers are the owners of dry waste generated.