Sustainable technology brings sanitation and energy to indigenous village in Brazil

Sustainable technology brings sanitation and energy to indigenous village in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Nov 21 (EFE)- With no access to water, sewerage and power grids, the indigenous village of Tekua Itakupe has taken a major step towards improving the quality of life of its residents with the installation of sustainable technology that now offers them a living space. sanitary and energetic solution.

In a joint action by the multinational Softys and NGO Techo, five autonomous sanitary systems that produce biogas and organic fertilizer from waste were installed last Saturday for this village, where 40 families from the Guarani ethnic group live.

Tekua Itakupe is one of six villages that are part of the Jaraguá reserve, Brazil’s smallest indigenous land, located on the outskirts of the Sao Paulo metropolitan area, a concrete jungle of 22 million people.

INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION

The solution, developed by the Israeli company HomeBiogas in collaboration with the UN and designed for people living in the desert, is already available in 110 countries.

It consists of a reactor that receives waste from a bath, as well as the remains of food and animal feces, an organic material that is decomposed by bacteria and then converted into biogas and fertilizer.

Biogas is used as energy to fuel a kitchen and manure is used to fertilize crops in the community.

From installation, it takes about fifteen days for each reactor to start producing biogas and can produce up to 40 liters of liquid fertilizer per day and about 13 kilos of gas per month.

“These baths give us some peace of mind because we don’t have basic sanitation, so they provide more hygiene, and we can also teach kids how ecological work works and how to bring more balance to nature,” Wera said. Community leaders of Tekoa Itakupe.

Noting the importance of the action taken to alleviate sanitation, one of the most pressing problems in the 26-year-old village, he pointed out that gas production also provides “material comfort” for more than 100 residents of the village. The main source of income for most of them is craft.

MEETING OF CULTURES

The indigenous leader advocated the use of new technologies by indigenous peoples, which was considered taboo by Brazilian society.

According to him, these initiatives show that it is possible to “reach a balance between Guarani culture and non-native culture”.

“Society believes we cannot evolve technologically as indigenous people (…) but we see that we can relate technology to sustainability while respecting nature, which is one of the tenets of Guarani culture.”

CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The initiative, carried out at Tekoa Itakupe, is a pilot project that will be taken to other communities in Latin America and is part of the Softys Contigo project, which aims to contribute concretely to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Water Cleaning and Sanitation. .

To do this, the company will invest $6 million to facilitate access to drinking water and sanitation for people living in communities and popular settlements across Latin America.

In this sense, Luis Delfim, managing director of Softys in Brazil, recalls that 35 million people in the South American giant do not have access to water and more than 100 million people are not connected to a sanitation network.

“With such a large group of people with such basic needs, we have to contribute as a company and as all other companies,” he argued.

The Softys Contigo project envisions installing 2,000 solutions in Latin America by 2026, including 300 in Brazil.

In 2022 alone, a total of 181 solutions will be installed in the region, benefiting more than 1,200 people and mobilizing more than 540 volunteers among company employees.

“We are part of a 102-year-old group and we must implement social responsibility if we want to exist for another 100, 200 years. Therefore, ESG criteria, whether from a social or governance perspective, are increasingly becoming part of the decision-making process from Delfin, viewpoint or environmental perspective,” he said.

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