What is the origin of this innovation? Tell us your story.
2000 - PFP under demands for a low cost, effective and mass produced filter for use with the Hurricane Mitch disaster victims, changes the original hand made filter design (invented by Guatemala chemist : Fernando Mazariegos) to a semi-industrial hydraulic method , standardizing its shape and size. The initial idea for the transfer of technology to other countries utilizing a Social Franchise system starts to evolve.
2001- Daniele Latange / MIT with USAID funding carries out a 200 page study on the effectiveness of the filter. To date forty more studies have been carried out by 15 Universities in the US, UK, Canada and local..
2002- Partners trained in Honduras, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Cuba
2003 The Practica/Foundation (Holland) supports international promotional efforts: participation in World Water Forum, Kyoto. Partners trained in Mexico, Nepal, Guatemala, Ghana
2004- Cambodian Red Cross/ IDE awarded the World Bank Marketplace grant to produce the filter.
UN publishes: www.ideassonline.org/bros_view_eng.asp?id=28
2005- CT Filtron/Ghana awarded the local World Bank Marketplace Grant.
Filter participates at the World Water Forum/Mexico
2006: Academy of Science selects filter for “Mobilizing Science-based Enterprises” http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11997,
Filter presentation at the UN Committee on Sustainable Development NY
2007: The Smithsonian Institution selects filter for “Design For The Other 90% “. UNICEF funds an extensive study on the filter.
PFP starts experiments with a second filter technology.
Urs Heirling publishes: ‘Why is so Hard to Bring Safe Water to the Poor and so Profitable to Sell it to the Rich? Recognizing the technology as a significant cost/effective solution.
The WHO publishes : http://www.who.int/household_water/advocacy/combating_disease/en/index.html
2008- The CDC publishes Technology Updates on the filter.
World Bank funds extensive study for the marketing of the filter in Nicaragua
Please provide a personal bio. Note this may be used in Changemakers marketing material
Sociologist, potter and appropriate technology enthusiast. Learned how to make the original hand made ceramic filter from Guatemalan inventor Fernando Mazariegos in 1984. Since then he turned the hand made model into a semi- Industrially manufactured Ceramic Weapon of Mass Bacterial destruction through Potters for Peace and its partners it is now being produced in 19 countries. He is 59 and hopes to help establish at least 100 such locally owned self sustaining factories by 2020.