Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
the rapid unplanned expansion of the cities and the growth of rural population migrating to the cities with low income rates, create the need for a sanitation system that can be built using reused materials, with the capacity to treat organic wastes on site, and enable people to rely in them selves and their own resources. Decentralized sanitation systems not only help the environment, but is also a way to empower a community which life expectancies are low, by teaching them that waste can be used and transform into something useful, and in that way have a double benefit in the environment and their society. There is a relation between people's capabilities and poverty, and through this project this capabilities can be enhance.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Until the moment, the project based on research will function with a low-volume required, enabling it to suit the urban requirements of space. Future impact goes into social and environmental aspects. The quality of the wastewater discharged to the Cauca River showed a BOD of 196.8, TSS of 233.25, and turbidity of 131.1 which in theory can be reduced in a 90.3%, 968% and 96.72% respectively by using the system. Furthermore, the use of rain water to flush the toilet for this system (corresponding to 0.5L), reduce the water consumption in a 96% in contrast of traditional toilets which spend around 11L per flush.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
At first stage, the project is meant to cover a population of 800 families in the area of Playa Renaciente, Colombia. As this community, there are around 5 more along the shores of the Cauca River, The idea is to train people from Playa Renaciente for them to be able to replicate this system in the other similar communities. In 5 years, all the south west of Colombia can have access to this system and it can be replicate to communities in Colombia and South America. It will require fundraising and volunteers as a workforce, and community involvement through co-creation.