Life’s journey often takes us down unexpected paths, and for Amos Mwangi, his trajectory led from academic success to a fulfilling role as a waste collector.
Mwangi’s early achievements included securing a commendable B+ Grade in his Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE) and earning a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounts) degree from Egerton University.
His academic journey seemed to promise a traditional white-collar career, but life had different plans for him.
Amid the relentless pursuit of job opportunities, Mwangi found himself at a crossroads.
Rather than succumbing to despair, he tapped into a familiar aspect of his life – waste collection.
Born in 1984 in Thioto, Nakuru County, Mwangi had grown up with an intimate understanding of the waste collection process.
In a bold and admirable move, he embraced his roots and chose to become a garbage collector.
Despite the physical demands and societal perceptions associated with waste collection, Mwangi approached his new role with a sense of purpose and resilience.
His experience working as a garbage collector during his childhood provided him with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in his chosen path.
This familiarity made the transition seamless, and he quickly adapted to his role.
Mwangi’s contribution to his community is invaluable.
As a garbage collector, he plays a pivotal role in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of his surroundings.
His dedication ensures that trash is collected, disposed of properly, and recycled, promoting a healthier environment for everyone.
With a sense of responsibility for his loved ones, he acknowledges that his work provides the financial stability needed to feed his family and send his children to school.
“I have a family, and it is out of my work at this garbage collection point that I get money to feed my family and take my children to school,” Amos stated.
Despite the physical challenges and exposure to hazardous materials, Mwangi maintains a positive outlook on his profession.
He firmly believes that waste collectors are an essential part of any city, contributing to its overall functionality and cleanliness.
His pride in his work shines through, making him an inspiration to those who may overlook the significance of seemingly modest occupations.
Mwangi’s impact extends beyond the physical aspects of waste collection.
“I am really happy to be a waste picker. Any city without a waste picker is not a city,” Amos claims
Through his experiences, he has cultivated deep bonds with his colleagues, sharing a sense of camaraderie forged through shared challenges.