Kaafi Enterprise for Environmental Protection and Sanitation (“KEEPS”) has been operating as a waste management service in Somaliland since 2012. According to recent studies, only 65% of the daily waste generated in Hargeisa is collected due to inefficient equipment. To address this problem, KEEPS sought to increase its capacity and productivity through the acquisition of modern waste handling and disposal equipment. A 2014 Shuraako-brokered investment supported KEEPS in increasing its municipal solid waste services by procuring heavy equipment and transportation.
In 2019, after the successful repayment of its first loan, KEEPS secured additional financing from the Nordic Horn of Africa Opportunities Fund to expand its construction services capacity with the purchase of additional heavy equipment. These funds are enabling KEEPS to deploy two additional fleets of heavy machinery, increasing garbage collection, water development, and disposal services. The benefits of increasing these services include additional access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation in public spaces, and local job creation. Over half of KEEPS's permanent jobs are occupied by women, and its compensation is competitive.