Khilda Baiti Rohmah founded Sampahkoe Community in 2007, as a 20 year old looking to address some of the challenges that her immediate community faced. Sampahkoe aims to alleviate extreme poverty in Indonesia through upcycling of waste. Indonesia has a long tradition of handicraft and Sampahkoe has successfully adapted these craft traditions to work with non biodegradable waste materials.
Working with items like toothpaste tubes, tetrapak, newspapers, pipes and plastic bottles, Khilda designs products and trains individuals and groups to make and market these. To enable the sustainability of this program, Sampahkoe also gets involved in educational activities around waste segregation and management. They have created a waste collection system and a waste bank that also brings in income to those that are only involved in collection. She is also doing research in alternative energy through waste and is working with farmers to look at vegetable waste. In the past ten years, nearly 5000 women have been empowered by the work initiated by Khilda and they claim a reduction of waste by 20%.