Making Contact

Invisible Workers, Laboring in the Shadows (Encore)

porteadorawaitingtocross2-1Millions of people around the world work in jobs that aren’t formally recognized or afforded legal protections typical of wage earning jobs. They’re often not even thought of as legitimate work.

On this edition of Making Contact, we’re going to meet people making work where there is no work for them. From recyclers, to border couriers, to waste pickers, we’re exploring the informal labor sector and what some are doing to gain greater recognition, protections, and rights.


Landon Goodwin, recycler and pastor and also featured in documentary Dogtown Redemption; Aicha al Azzouzi border courier; Salma al Azzouzi, Aicha’s oldest daughter; Charles Gachanga Gichonge, creator of the Mustard Seed Courtyard clean-up campaign; Antony Makau, Dandora resident; and Richard Munene Dandora restaurant owner; Sally Roever , Urban Policy Director for Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), and Malati Gadgil of KKPKP.

Host: Laura Flynn

Contributing Producers: Thalia Beaty, Maggy Donaldson, and Beenish Ahmed

Producers: Laura Flynn, Andrew Stelzer, and Jasmin Lopez

Web Editor: Kwan Booth

Executive Director: Lisa Rudman

Featured Music:

Blue Dot SessionsLesser Gods of MetalTyrano Theme, and Pavement Hack

Tours: Enthusiast

Salomé Lego PlaysetLa Lutte, Comme Experience Intérieure

Janneh: Humajataritee

Photo Credits: Thalia Beaty and Maggy Donaldson

More information:

Dogtown Redemption

Concern Worldwide: Trash and Tragedy, the impact of garbage on human rights in Nairobi City

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

SWaCH (Solid Waste Collection and Handling or, officially, the SWaCH Seva Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit, Pune)

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