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Project Description

Region: South America

Country: Colombia

Location: Quindio

Total Budget: $44,822

Area of Focus: Community economic development

General: Implement the proper management of Organic Solid Waste from households, business units (markets & supermarkets) and institutions in the La Fachada neighborhood sector, Armenia, Quindío.


• Train households and institutions and businesses in the knowledge and management of solid waste.

• Raise the levels of organization and management of the environmental and economic environment.

*Direct: Beneficiaries:

9.600 inhabitants of the neighborhood La Fachada, in the city of Armenia, with a high deficiency in solid waste management.

*Indirect beneficiaries:

290,000 inhabitants of the city of Armenia, with a high deficiency in solid waste management.

Building the capacity of local leaders, organizations, and networks to support economic development in poor communities.

Developing opportunities for productive work and improving access to sustainable livelihoods.

Empowering marginalized communities by providing access to economic opportunities and services.

Empowering communities to develop environmental and natural resource conservation skills for economic gain.

FUNESCO has more than 23 years working with the community in training and harmonious living within the recycling community.


Coordination and Review. Monthly reports (12) on project results, management and accounting. They manage and control the resources during the execution time of the project.

1 Technical Guide for the separation at the source of Usable and Clean Organic Solid Waste aimed at homes and organizations of La Fachada. Indispensable guide for households and for the community company (association) through which 24 families will generate income and print the sustainability of the Solid Waste recovery process and its use and treatment.

24 Extension workers (women and men) trained as environmental agents in solid waste management. They will have training and comprehensive training in organic solid waste and its use and treatment for 3 months.

Separation process at the source in homes and organizations and classification and packaging by the community enterprise to exploit the use. Tests or exercises of separation, transport, in compliance with routes, classification and packaging will be carried out to deliver to the buyer, for 2 months.

An organization made up of women and men from the community for the use of solid waste, trained in entrepreneurship, operation and administration of business units. The 24 Environmental Extensionists will have 5 months of training in setting up and starting up the company, its registration or formalization, the control and accounting of income and expenses, as well as teamwork and management of the company's bodies.

10 Pilot tests through a clean organic solid waste dehydration machine for 100 homes in La Fachada. The 24 extension agents train and carry out the pilot tests, where the organic solid wastes are collected to deliver them to ERA SAS, with the objective of dehydrating them, characterizing them and generating opportunities to produce fertilizers or related products for the agricultural sector.

4 Characterized products derived from the treatment of the dehydration plant, by shipment to specialized laboratories, in charge of characterizing the organic solid waste generated by households and some commercial companies and institutions of La Fachada.

2 Formulas of bio-inputs derived from the treatment of clean organic solid waste for the agricultural sector. The characterization of the mass and the purified liquid results of the dehydration will allow to obtain formulas of bio-inputs to carry out tests in the field.

2 Bio-inputs formulated and validated for agricultural use (orchards, gardens, green areas, green recovery of hillsides and streams). They will be tested in the field and their action verified in crops and indicated sites, in order to propose to the Community Organization of La Fachada, the possibility of producing, with the organic solid waste generated by them, organic products for the agricultural sector. These tests will be carried out for 5 months.


The community is the recipient of knowledge and skills development through 24 women and men heads of household, specialized in environmental workshops, with entrepreneurship promotion through the formation of an Association for the proper management of solid waste in the La Fachada neighborhood, increasing their income levels.

The entire community integrates into its culture the proper management of organic solid waste, separating it at the source properly for its use and treatment, organizing its environment and improving the natural and urban landscape by beautifying gardens and slopes of streams, positively impacting the environment, applying the circular economy and reducing health risks due to inappropriate waste management within households and their surroundings and the cultivation of some organic products to improve nutrition.

The constitution of the Community Association by 24 of its members for the proper management of solid waste in the community, its training, feedback and generation of income in the sale of the products resulting from the use and treatment, imprints environmental sustainability, socially and economically of the project.


Project management-Foundation FUNESCO 12 meses $1.000.000 $12.000.000

Statutory Auditor 12 meses 1.000.000 12.000.000

Environment Assistant I 9 meses 1.000.000 9.000.000

Environment Assistant II 8 meses 1.000.000 8.000.000

Training in usable solid waste.

4 groups x 20 people X 16 hours

per month = 320 hours X 46.875

cop per hour 5 meses 3.000.000 15.000.000

Design & Publication

(Technical Guide & digital reports) Global 4.000.000 4.000.000

Tools for workshops Global 6.000.000 6.000.000

Refreshments for work in the field Global 3.000.000 3.000.000

Transport for operation exercises

using advantageous routes Global 4.000.000 4.000.000

Operational equipment 10 unidades 750.000 7.500.000

Training by Socio-business

professional (training, assembly

and start-up of the community

organization - Association)

3 groups of 20 persons x 16 hours

per month = 288 hours X 41.667 cop

per hour 6 meses 2.000.000 12.000.000

Allotment & garden installations Global 9.500.000 9.500.000

Registration & Legalizations of

Community Association Global 3.500.000 3.500.000

Containers marked with Rotary and

the name of the Project for the

families where the separation of

clean organic waste is validated 100 canecas 12.000 1.200.000

Transport in collection routes for

clean organic solid waste generated

by homes and businesses in La Fachada

to be processed by ERA SAS in the

dehydrating machine 10 Rutas cubiertas 100.000 1.000.000

Laboratory tests to characterize

the mass and purified liquid

organic waste from homes processed

by ERA AS. 8 Resultados 500.000 4.000.000

Training by Agronomist, expert

in organic agriculture and in

the formulation of bio-inputs

for agriculture and field tests

in agricultural and related crops.

4 groups of 20 persons x 16 hours

per month = 320 hours X 46.875

cop per hour 5 meses 3.000.000 15.000.000

Training in agricultural processes

by Agricultural Producer with high

experience in planting, maintenance

and harvesting of organic crops

accompanying the communities in

allotments, gardens and recovery

of ravines. 4 groups of 20 people

x 16 hours per month = 448 hours

X 33.482 cop per hour 7 meses 2.142857 15.000.000

Dehydration machine to convert

solid organic waste into mass

& purified liquid organic waste. 1 60.000.000 60.000.000

Approximate Exchange rate 1US$ = Cop $4.500 US$ 44.822

Primary Host Partner

District: 4281

Rotary Club of: Armenia International

Primary Contact: Rossi Birt

Email: rossigerentesunshine@hotmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 6990

Rotary Club of: Miramar-Pines

Primary Contact: Ligia Ines Corredor

Email: lichalic3@me.com

Project Status

Need $39,922
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Project listed for the 2023-24 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #2349235.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Armenia International (4281)





Miramar-Pines (6990)





Salem Cosmos (2982)





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History Log Entries


by Rossi Birt

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Hitesh Kumar Rathore

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by Hitesh Kumar Rathore of the Rotary Club of Salem Cosmos, District 2982.

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