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FRADI (Fraternity for Development Integrated)


Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana County, Kenya. 🇰🇪

Foundation year



  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8): FRADI has created over 500 jobs in waste management and recycling, empowering refugees and the local community with income-generating opportunities.

  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9): Our plastic recycling project promotes a circular economy by transforming waste into valuable resources. We're also exploring innovative solutions like "Fishing in the Desert" to address food security.

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11): FRADI's waste management initiatives contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment within the Kakuma Refugee Camp and surrounding areas.

  • Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12): By promoting plastic recycling and exploring alternatives, FRADI fosters a more responsible approach to consumption and production within the camp.

FRADI (Fraternity for Development Integrated)

FRADI, a social enterprise based in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, has a multi-pronged approach to achieving positive change. Here's a breakdown of their key objectives:

  • Empowering the Community: FRADI strives to empower refugees and the local community by providing:

    • Skills Training: Equipping individuals with valuable skills through language and vocational programs.

    • Job Creation: Creating job opportunities through their waste management, recycling, and potentially other future initiatives.

  • Promoting Environmental Sustainability: FRADI tackles environmental challenges by:

    • Waste Management: Implementing responsible waste management solutions, particularly through their successful plastic recycling project.

    • Exploring Innovative Solutions: Developing innovative initiatives like "Fishing in the Desert" to address food security in a sustainable way.

  • Fostering a Thriving Local Economy: FRADI aims to create a diverse and thriving local economy by:

    • Expanding Services: Expanding beyond plastic recycling to offer products like soap, promoting a more diversified economic base.

    • Supporting Entrepreneurship: Potentially supporting other refugee entrepreneurs within the community.



FRADI's journey is one of continuous growth and measurable impact. Here's a glimpse of our story, marked by significant milestones that have transformed the Kakuma Refugee Camp:


2013: Genesis

FRADI began as a beacon of hope, offering language and vocational training programs to empower refugees and foster communication within the camp.

2016: A Vision Takes Shape: Recognizing the environmental and economic potential, Raphael launched FRADI's groundbreaking plastic recycling project. This initiative not only tackled waste management but also created jobs, planting the seeds for a more sustainable future.

2020: Scaling Up and Beyond

FRADI's impact continued to multiply. With over 2,000 community volunteers joining the cause, the recycling project flourished. This period also saw FRADI expand its operations to include waste management beyond plastic.

2021: Recognition and Growth

A significant milestone was reached with the signing of the Kenyan Refugee Act. This act, with its focus on refugee economic inclusion, allowed FRADI to partner with larger companies, solidifying its position as a key player in the local waste management sector.

Today: Building a Brighter Future


FRADI's impact is undeniable. Over 500 jobs have been created, the environment is cleaner, and the community is empowered. We're constantly innovating, exploring solutions like "Fishing in the Desert" to address food security. FRADI's story is far from over. We are driven to make a lasting difference, building a future where environmental responsibility and social well-being thrive together.

Our Story

At FRADI, our impact goes beyond just creating jobs and cleaning the environment. We are guided by a core set of values that define who we are and how we operate:

  • Goal Harmony: We believe in solutions that achieve both social and environmental benefits. We're not just creating jobs; we're creating a cleaner, healthier future for everyone.

  • Financial Transparency: We are committed to responsible use of resources. Open communication and ethical practices are fundamental to our success.

  • Growth & Innovation: We are never satisfied with the status quo. We constantly seek new ways to improve our impact and explore innovative solutions to the challenges we face.

  • Operational Brilliance: We strive for efficiency and effectiveness in everything we do. We believe that by optimizing our operations, we can maximize our positive impact.

  • Sustainability Manifesto: We are dedicated to building a future where environmental and social well-being go hand-in-hand.  Sustainable practicesare at the core of every decision we make.

What We Value

We believe in FRADI's transformative vision and goals, harmonizing efforts to co-create scalable impact and drive change

Goal Harmony


Our confidence in FRADI is rooted in their transparent financial dealings, ensuring accountability and fostering a sustainable partnership.

Financial Transparency


 Witnessing FRADI’s innovative approaches, we invest in their growth potential to unlock new possibilities and amplify their reach.

Growth & Innovation 


We recognize FRADI's operational excellence and support their journey towards heightened efficacy and optimal results.

Operational Brilliance


Aligned with FRADI's commitment to sustainability, we champion their manifesto, striving for a resilient and environmentally conscious future.

Sustainability Manifesto


Inspired by FRADI’s meaningful community transformation, we are steadfast in supporting their journey, contributing to the narrative of lasting impact.

Impact Chronicles


Meet The Team

Raphael Basem


From Refugee to "Plastic Man"

Raphael Basemi arrived in Kakuma Refugee Camp with nothing but a dream. A teacher by trade, he spent six years educating others. But his keen eye spotted an opportunity – the mountains of plastic waste. In 2013, FRADI was born.

FRADI became Raphael's tool to transform trash into treasure. His vision: a recycling project that empowered the community, cleaned the environment, and created jobs. Over 2,000 volunteers, initially skeptical, joined his mission.

Today, Raphael, the "Plastic Man," leads a thriving social enterprise employing over 500. FRADI goes beyond recycling – it fosters collaboration and a shared future for refugees and locals. Raphael's story is one of human potential, reminding us that even from waste, a better world can be built.

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