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Present: Mundano, Trebor, Michael, Jutta, Dana, Michelle, Cheryl






  • Need someone on the team to benefit from the co-design - haven't hired full team yet, so don't have designer or developer to take what comes out of co-design - aiming to have this person here in one month
  • Would need to raise funds to be able to hire full team
  • Need better performance of the app, better communication - would enable the organic growth that is happening in the movement
  • There is a tech team in Colombia who might be able to help
  • Might be able to scale to Mozambique, Argentina
  • Need long term funding as an organization so that profit can come in steadily

Co-design plans

  • Wait until May to start something
  • Connect with Colombian team to see if there's an opportunity for collaboration
  • In the next few weeks, we can figure out whether to start something now or wait until Cataki hires someone to benefit from the codesign - by then there will be more insight on whether funding might be coming in
  • If we do it in May and June, when there is a full team, it may be more efficient
  • IDRC to be in touch about codesign and timing


  • Mundano, give an update on work and opportunities
  • Coordinating Trebor’s travels
  • Embedded codesign

Mundano’s update

  • Cataki the app
    • Cataki is going well
    • Scaling naturally, growing 10% of numbers
    • Has $100K+, 400 waste collectors connected across 300 cities in Brazil
    • 1000 calls each month
    • Cataki is a platform to connect people who want to recycle to people who actually recycle to make a living, who are marginalized
    • 800 people doing that just in Brazil
    • Why so many? 
      • Unemployment, inefficiency of waste collection system
      • 85% of Brazil don’t have connection to recycling
      • There are people, called waste collectors, Catadors, who do that
    • In the app
      • List or map of closest waste collectors
      • See profile of these people
      • Connect by WhatsApp or give a call
      • App is so simple and primitive, the development part is not following the ability of downloading and connecting
      • Primitive tool, high demand
      • What we’re not doing that we want to do is recovery of data from the call to recycling companies
      • This data is precious to companies in the world
      • We don’t believe our motto is charging the user - the user or the driver who is the waste picker
      • We believe the companies and government have the responsibility of waste management - they should pay for the service that the waste collectors are collecting
      • We want to gamify process so recyclers and catadors can earn points
      • Start talking to big companies like proctor and gamble, to recycle 100% of their packaging - they need to work with informal recycling systems
      • Our main gap is we don’t have a tech team, we don’t have money or much time to develop the app as fast as our scalability is happening