Updated Apr 05, 2018
Abona Mejor / Fertilize Better is recycled used coffee turned into fertilizer for acid soils, product from Eat Better Wa'ik. Guatemala's best commodity, coffee, brings no nutrients to fight malnutrition, but its waste nourishes food/crop production.www.waikgt.org
Guatemala accounts with rapid soil degradation and the highest undernourishment rates in Latin America. However, it is one of the largest producers of produce and commodities, including coffee, considered to be the country’s best product. Yet, it brings absolutely no nutrients against wasting and stunting (and is not appropriate for child consumption) and malnutrition. Nonetheless, coffee is largely consumed worldwide and therefore one of the largest waste residue.
Abona Mejor / Fertilizer Better collects used coffee waste and turns it into fertilizer for acid soils. This reduces waste, nourishes soil and enables behavioural change and awareness of active circular economy from waste to recycling. We collect coffee and dry it using the sun. We bring workshops to women heads of households and smallholder farmers to reuse their consumed coffee as their own organic fertilizer, for the better production of their crops as cost and environment efficient.
Fertilize Better started to generate income to self-sustain our organization Eat Better Wa’ik, whose focus is to create food awareness to fight malnutrition through education, economics, and now agriculture (SDG 2,3,4,12). We implemented workshops on the origin and utilisation of food, nutritional economics in access to nutritious meals in middle to low income families, and an integrated concept of food from its production, purchase, consumption and transformation. Our main driver is to inform, give out handy and specific guidelines to families, for them not to wait for aid, but to be resilient and self-sufficient in their choices, making the most of their limitations (money, land, food, education and even inequalities). In this sense, people often make decisions on distorted logic based on wrong assumption. Wa’ik is to be inclusive, for everyone to have the information regarding their wellbeing starting with food. And by that, also informing the population (urban and rural) of what to do with the leftovers of their daily coffee. We collect used coffee from coffee shops, restaurants and hotel, dry it, package it, and then sell it to individuals, agri-business workers, field owners. The idea is for smallholder and subsistence farmers for themselves do it, and save money and have better nourished soils for improved crops. All of which reduces coffee waste and is recycled in a productive and environmentally conscious way. Anyone can be an innovator.
|New Implemented Countries||Brazil|
|Recruit||2 management positions (commercial and logistic), 2 storage spaces in Guatemala City, 6 solar panels, 5 drivers to collect coffee, 5 vans, 10 volunteers, distribution partnership, 2 more full time employees to deliver workshops on coffee waste usage.|
|New Feature||Have more specific usage of coffee fertilizer: already mapped acid soils, so focus on production that need acidity in their crops: research who is growing them (corporate and individuals). Spread the use and separation of used coffee. Need an semi-open space using solar panels to dry the coffee so as not conflict with the rainy season to dry the coffee.|