Description of Social Entrepreneurship
Ekomuro H2O + is an innovative rainwater collection system, made modularly with 54 reused PET containers of 3 liters capacity, which interconnected with each other, form a “vertical type” water tank, compact and resistant to liquid pressures, occupying a minimum of space and oriented to meet the needs of water saving. The Ekomuro H2O + project, aims to generate a change in attitude about rainwater harvesting, as a strategic natural resource for urban sustainability, risk reduction and strengthening of resilience capabilities, which will result in the reduction of vulnerabilities and will be constituted in a mechanism for adaptation to climate change and water preservation.
What led you to create your Social Entrepreneurship?
The rain harvest has been an ancient activity, practiced by many cultures in areas of poverty and wealth, but unfortunately due to ignorance and lack of pedagogy, our urban communities rule out reusing them. The challenge is to change this disgraceful attitude of the State agencies responsible for environmental policies so that with the harvest of rainwater, the population is a participant in saving water, reducing vulnerabilities and adapting to climate change.
With the inclusion of Ekomuros rainwater harvesting systems in schools and homes, added to a sustainable urban regulation in the care and preservation of water, would benefit a greater number of communities that do not have access to the minimum vital. The dissemination of the project in schools and homes has allowed the educational communities to verify the efficiency generated by the harvest of rainwater in toilet floors, bathrooms and garden irrigation.
The enthusiasm of the interdisciplinary participation of students, teachers and parents in the implementation of the project occurs if we demonstrate in a practical way its effectiveness, sustainability and environmental benefits. With the inclusion of Ekomuros rainwater harvesting systems in schools and homes, added to a sustainable urban regulation in the care and preservation of water, would benefit a greater number of communities that do not have access to the minimum vital.
The enthusiasm of the interdisciplinary participation of students, teachers and parents in the implementation of the project occurs if we demonstrate in a practical way its effectiveness, sustainability and environmental benefits.
In relation to solid waste, and the importance that the Colleges devote to the subject of recycling, the implementation of Ekomuros systems with sensitization workshops allowed students to differentiate between the concepts of recycling and reuse, with emphasis on PET container Throughout the world, large volumes of this material are produced that use large amounts of oil, a valuable and non-renewable source and end up in articles that are not beneficial to the environment.
How does your Social Entrepreneurship impact your community?
Our environmental initiative has been developed during the last 7 years, we have installed multiple Ekomuros systems favoring students and families of low strata in the Colombian capital. Our last pilot project was developed in the Altos de Cazucá Commune 4, located in the Municipality of Soacha, bordering the capital city of Bogotá DC, this social context is characterized by being one of the places in the country with the largest population in a situation of displacement and vulnerability receives. The families settled there are in a marginal place that does not have the minimum conditions to access a decent standard of living.
With a participatory research-action approach, the project aimed at generating an improvement in their quality of life, linking them as social actors based on raising awareness of the importance of good use of this waste and the development of their own collection systems of rainwater, so that in this way they participate individually and collectively, of the economic and environmental benefits generated by the execution of “good practices” for their own benefit and that of the commune. In this community, 14 Ekomuro H2O + systems were installed, financed by the “Eco Challenge 2013” program, an innovation competition promoted by the OAS and YABT. The system has been installed in more than 50 public and private institutions in the national territory.
What do you dream of happening with your Social Entrepreneurship?
We dream that our venture becomes a scalable project, with a validated business model and that allows its replication in the main vulnerable communities initially in my country and later throughout the Latin American region.