Wednesday, February 16, 2011

{technology fights poverty}

Our team is always on the prowl for fascinating technologies and sustainable solutions that tackle world poverty through innovation.

Awamaki is a Peruvian non-profit working with impoverished Quechua women weavers to improve their skills and increase their access to market, thereby revitalizing an endangered weaving tradition while affording Quechua women with a reliable source of income.Based in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of Peru, Awamaki runs both a fair trade textiles initiative and a sustainable tourism program, harnessing local tourism and the international marketability of Andean textiles to find a market for this craft in a modernizing global economy.

Not only are our Bobble Water Bottles by Karim Rashid a smart and easy way to reduce our use of disposable plastic water bottles, they do it with style! Just fill the clever bottle with tap water and the charcoal filter pulls out impurities before you take a nice, refreshing sip. One filter will cleanse approximately 40 gallons (two months) - replacements are sold separately.

The HabiHut is an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective shelter that provides larger and more humane living quarters for displaced individuals. Compared to existing relief or humanitarian shelters, the HabiHut introduces a novel alternative that improves the occupants lifestyle by providing a rigid shelter that is strong, secure, and expandable in a package that is cost competitive and easy to construct.

LifeStraw is a portable water filter that effectively removes all bacteria and parasites responsible for causing common diarrhoeal diseases. LifeStraw requires no electrical power or spare parts and can be carried around for easy access to safe and clean water.

The mission is to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity.  They focus on handicraft projects that allow the development of a micro enterprise, leading them down the path to self-sufficiency.  These projects are very small enterprises, ranging from one refugee family to a group of village women, all in need of a consistent income. The goal is to help subsidize existing Livelihood Projects by helping with assistance in business and product development, local marketing strategies, spiritual guidance and international marketing. 

The Hexayurt is a new kind of sheltering solution. To make the simplest hexayurt, make a wall by putting six sheets of plywood on their sides in a hexagon. Cut six more sheets in half diagonally, and screw them together into a shallow cone. Lift the roof on to the wall with a large group of people, then fasten it down with more screws. Seal and paint it for durability. Your basic hexayurt is complete. This shelter will last for years in most climates and costs less than $100. This basic design can be improved with proper windows, doors, room partitions, stove fittings and other architectural features. 

Shelter Box instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid.Each box supplies an extended family with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.

Ecochicc is produced from natural sustainable resources and recycled materials by artisans worldwide.We are committed to giving back to all our partnering communities by creating revenue and jobs through the practice of fair trade principles.