Hydroponic Crops Center

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Hydroponic Crops Center: Center for Development and Dissemination of Hydroponic Crops

Medellin, ColombiaMedellin, Colombia
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Fundación Mundo Mejor has developed a proposal to create a Center for the implementation of hydroponic methods. This will contribute to the quality of life of vulnerable populations from the city of Medellín and its surrounding municipalities.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if the most vulnerable population had an opportunity to cultivate their own food?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In many sectors of the city of Medellín, families don’t have a healthy food intake that would provide adequate nutrition for their members. Thus, the families’ food insecurity and inadequate nutritional intake create deficiencies, affecting their biological development and causing diseases.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We will solve the problem by starting the Center for Development and Dissemination of Hydroponic Crops where we will offer: - instruction in hydroponics - professional advice on the implementation of hydroponic gardens - training on nutrition - sale of hydroponics equipment In 2008, we conducted a project in which we provided instruction in growing hydroponic crops. Since then, we have received numerous requests both for instruction as well as the printed materials we created. While hydroponics has been practiced by some individuals or in isolated projects, up to this date there are no hydroponic centers in Medellin or its surroundings.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Once the center is opened, it will provide instruction as well as supervision of the development of hydroponic gardens and the use of the food grown. There will also be a store selling any supplies that may be needed for the proper development of these crops.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The impact will be exponential as we instruct people, implement hydroponic gardens and exchange products. Instructing the core member of the family alone will have the positive effect on the entire family, and if several families in the neighborhood are instructed, it will impact the entire community. There is high demand in many social groups for opening the center but we not have the initial capital for this project.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

ESTIMATED COSTS * Building rent and equipment for the Local Hydroponic Centre * Instructors' salaries * Supplies for the training courses * Administrative expenses INCOME * Contributions from the Sponsorship Plan at the foundation * Payment for the training courses * Income from school workshops * Selling produce Thus, we will need $ 43,800 for launching the center and covering the costs in the first year.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

First niche: high risk population supported by the foundation. Second niche: general public, especially those interested in cultivation and natural and/or vegetarian food. A subsector are the people who implement hydroponics as an alternative to traditional crops that they are already cultivating. Third niche: schools. The educational workshops will offer the schools training, entertainment and possibility of replication by the students. These workshops are innovative and low-cost.
Team

Founding Story

There is a constant concern for better food in our society. It is based not only on the food safety problems affecting the poorest, but also the quality of the food we eat, which is increasingly farther from being natural and biological. In addition, in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley there is an evident issue of space that does not allow for the implementation of individual gardens where people could grow their own products. That is why in 2008 at the Foundation we trained a group of families in growing hydroponic crops. The success of this initiative has driven us to develop this project.

Team

Steve Carty - Manager and business. Director of Fundación Mundo Mejor. Antonio García - Economist. Project and International Cooperation Coordinator of Fundación Mundo Mejor. A team of nutritionists For instruction we are collaborating with Dr. Claudia Milena Pirazzo Díez who coordinated the previous hydroponic project we developed. She is a specialist in agro-ecological and postharvest management.