Beatrice is a married woman with 6 children ranging in age from 21 to 12.
Her husband is able to find odds jobs including gardening, house cleaning, brick laying, digging ditches and simple plumbing, however, he does not have steady income. Before beginning in the RecycloCraftz project Beatrice supplemented the income by washing clothes and blankets for others. When times were really difficult Beatrice was willing to resort to crushing rocks, an extremely hazardous job that requires the crusher to pound large pieces of stone into gravel. It is done out in the hot sun for 8 hours a day. Pounding with another piece of stone often results in eye and skin injuries as well as long term lung damage leading to TB. The saddest thing about this occupation is the payment -crushers receive a mere k3, 000 or $.75 for three days of pounding! Since beginning the RecycloCraftz project Beatrice has had a steady increased income. It allows her family to pay the school fees for all her school going children.