Help Bolivia Foundation
Region: El Alto, Bolivia
Project: Help Bolivia is purchasing computers, desks and a printer for the Tahuantinsuyo Community Centre. The Community Centre serves impoverished children and families in the area. The families do not have computers and the computer lab gives kids the opportunity to attend classes online while schools are closed during the pandemic. Adults will also get to use the computers in the evenings to improve their digital literacy. Children will also be able to get additional STEM lessons that they are not able to get in schools.
Fig Tree Funding: $ 9 000
Other Funding: $12 000
Estimated completion date: Jan 2022
SDGs: 4-Quality education, 10- Reduced inequalities as the vast majority of attendees are Aymara, an indigenous group has historically experienced unequal access to education and marginalization.
Roundtable Member: CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies)
Partner Organizations: Sehgal Foundation
Region: Bihar, India
Project: WASH stands for water, sanitation and hygiene. In Bihar, India the water is heavily contaminated and there are few handwashing stations.
Previous water filters designed for India were still too expensive for the most vulnerable groups, so a new water filter was designed. It is much more affordable and made by local potters. Through education and training sessions, CAWST and the Sehgal Foundation hope to increase household water treatment by 50% with this new filter. They also aim to increase safe handwashing procedure by 50%.
Fig Tree Funding: $15 000
Other Funding: $29 400
Estimated completion date: Dec 2022
SDGs: 6-Clean water and sanitation, 3- Good health and well-being.
Roundtable Member: HOPEthiopia
Partner Organizations: None
Region: Seden Sodo, Ethiopia
Project: HOPEthiopia operates a reforestation nursery. At the nursery, watering is a time consuming and labor intensive process. Using a solar pump and irrigation system to water will save a lot of time, allowing more trees to be planted
Using solar power will also have significantly lower operating costs than diesel generators. It is hoped that with this project’s success other projects will also use this model.
Reforestation is a government priority in Ethiopia because of previous mass deforestation.
Fig Tree Funding: $12 500
Other Funding: $5 000
Estimated completion date: Jun 2022
SDGs: 13-Climate action, 7-Affordable and clean energy, 5-Life on land. Additionally, the nursery helps with 5-gender equality and 8-Decent work and economic growth by employing 17 employees, with roughly half of the workforce being female.
Roundtable Member: Light Up The World
Partner Organizations: None
Region: Rural Peru
Project: Light Up The World’s solar systems allow families to light their homes more safely and cheaply than fire. Families also save time as they don’t have to buy candles or other fuel and they can use the solar home systems to charge their phones. Families pay for the systems using a “Pay As You Go” microfinance system, redirecting the money that they would typically spend on candles.
This loan allows Light Up The World to secure enough solar systems for 150 homes.
Fig Tree Funding: $40 000
Estimated Completion Date: 2022
SDGs: 1-Reduce poverty, 7-Affordable and clean energy, 9-Industry innovation and infrastructure, 13- Climate action. It also helps address 4-Quality education as students can continue their studies after it is dark.