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Sustainable Development

The people of Caldas are the ones who are going to come up with the innovative ideas to solve their issues. Being able to give them the financial structure to give them to opportunity to do so is the most important issue.

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- Provide running clean water for the housing
- Use a combination of energy supplies including biogas, solar energy, wind and power
-Micro finance towards women 

Micro Savings
- Micro savings accounts for a period of 6 weeks would be set up initially and then as trust in the bank grows then a micro loan can be implemented for around 10 years 

Micro loans 
- Micro loans given according to the savings of the families 
- Focused on mothers and children 

- Giving people better housing enriches the community and people are less likely to contract disease 
-The houses will be supplied by biogas from a bioreactor providing a clean renewable source of energy 
-Requires labour to build houses therefore providing jobs for people 
-Safe housing creates a better community base for projects
-Decreases the harmful effects of asbestos

Community based project
Providing a community based farming project to educate people about nutrition and give them capabilities to grow food themselves
-Biogas slurry will provide compost for community based farms. 
- Creating biogas plants and renewable source energy will require people learning new skills and even creating more jobs. 
-Creating carbon monoliths to absorb methane for the biogas reactors can be sourced from coffee husks
- Activated carbon can be a new industry to produce water filters. 

How do you envision this idea making money?

The people invest there savings into the bank therefore providing the capital to provide housing. People who have saved there money can take out money to finance their business, fund there children's schooling or get a loan for the house. The interest gained from the loans will be a source of income.

How does this idea create social impact, particularly around improving health?

Changing the environment and the living conditions impacts the health of people. Increasing community based projects such as agriculture and sport. Removing people from houses containing asbestos and providing opportunities for people to change their situations.

How does this idea add social value at every step of the process?

Giving people banks to invest their money for both their community and themselves will help in managing peoples finances. Providing biogas for heating, pumping water and boiling water and the slurry can be used for compost for community based agriculture projects or to improve organic matter in the soil.

What are the short term steps we could take to implement this idea tomorrow?

Setting up banks to provide people with opportunity to save money and gain interest for community based projects.


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