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  • Awarded: 2008
  • Issue Areas: Arresting Deforestation · Health · Livelihoods · Living Conditions · Sanitation
  • Countries Served: Angola · Bolivia · Brazil · Colombia · Mexico · Peru · Venezuela
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  • About the Organization

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    Ciudad Saludable (“Healthy City”) is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 that seeks to build healthy, inclusive cities where everyone can live in harmony, with justice and equality of opportunity.

    To do this, Ciudad Saludable believes in the need to build a new model of solid waste management, a model that is interdisciplinary, participatory, progressive, and innovative, and that involves the economic, social, and environmental inclusion of recyclers.

    Above all, Ciudad Saludable seeks to change attitudes towards the problem of inadequate management of solid waste, and the poverty and exclusion faced by more than 108,000 Peruvian families who work as recyclers.

    Ciudad Saludable’s programs are designed to impact the sustainable development of the green economy and public policy on solid waste management.

    Impoverished neighborhoods are commonly overrun with garbage and waste as the result of failed service markets.

    Ciudad Saludable engages micro-entrepreneurs to collect and process garbage for fees sufficient to support their business but affordable to poor communities.

    Social entrepreneur Albina Ruiz has demonstrated that when prices are reasonable, the poor are good customers who prefer to live in clean conditions.

    More than 6 million people in Latin America and India benefit from community-based waste management enterprises.

    Ambition for Change

    The relationship between impoverished communities and their environments is transformed through improved service quality and changes in values and behavior to maintain clean, healthy environments.

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    Path to Scale

    Demonstration and Replication

    CS supports replication within Peru, providing consulting and business services as well as assistance to local programs seeking startup and operating capital. CS International, the global umbrella group, provides similar support and services to new enterprises in other countries, in part through a for-profit subsidiary.

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    Business Model

    Business revenue supplemented by public and philanthropic support.

    Albina Ruiz grew concerned about health and environmental problems caused by garbage in Peru when she was a student studying industrial engineering. After writing her thesis, she came up with an idea for a new community-managed system of waste collection that she hoped would serve as a model for urban and rural communities in Peru. Albina completed a master’s degree in ecology and environmental management, and later earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in Spain. In 2001, when she returned to Lima from her studies, she founded Ciudad Saludable (CS), deciding that she did not want to create a typical donation-dependent NGO, but rather a feasible business that would engage poor communities as customers, and would be able to thrive in a financially sustainable way. Albina has since been widely recognized for her innovation and determination by Ashoka, Schwab Foundation, AVINA and a growing number of esteemed awards. Albina is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of CS but remains its president. Her daughter, Paloma Roldán, is now the executive director. /**CR Test On 18th June**/

    Impact & Accomplishments

    CS has organized more than 1,500 waste collectors, creating employment and improving health and living conditions for more than 6 million people living in poor urban and rural regions in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and India. CS reaches 30 percent of Peru’s population with waste collection services in 1,835 cities. In partnership with recycling companies, the CS team have developed a distance education program that has trained 300 professionals from Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru in the complete management of residues. Instrumental in the creation of the first law in Peru (also the first in Latin America) to regulate recycling, adopted in 2010. /**CR Test On 18th June**/


    Albina RuizFounder and President, Ciudad Saludable Test
    Berenice Adrianzen ZegarraResponsible for the design and monitoring of projects, Ciudad Saludable Test
    Luciana LimaStrategic Partnerships Manager, Ciudad Saludable Test

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