Indigenous Wisdom meets Environmental Science
Sofia Luna Quispe has been selected as part of UNICEF Innovation30: Young Innovators Shaping the Future.
Countries of Solution Deployment: Peru
Innovation Accelerator: Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT), United States
In the hills of Lima, Peru, Sofia Luna Quispe, is rewriting the narrative of community resilience. At just 19, Sofia is a pivotal board member and director of Ollas Sostenibles, a project that strives to craft sustainable food systems by seamlessly interlinking food, water, and energy.
Ollas Sostenibles, translating to "Sustainable Pots," offers more than just meals. Harnessing the power of community pods or "Ollas Comunes," neighbours come together to cook cost-effective meals for low-income children and families.
But Sofia's vision dives deeper. She pioneers a three-fold approach, intertwining food, water, and energy. Community gardens, cultivated using regenerative agriculture and ancestral Andean techniques, produce fresh produce. An ingenious water filtration mechanism repurposes grey water, while underground biodigesters convert waste into biofuel. It's a cyclical, sustainable model, emphasizing every drop and scrap's value.
Founded in 2021 and run by a team of passionate volunteer students, Ollas Sostenibles has transformed the lives of over 500 Lima residents and has supported 200,000 community members in just a short span. Beyond merely addressing food emergencies, Sofia's social innovation promises economic growth, improved air and water quality, and a renewed focus on community health.
Sofia's dedication to her community and innovative spirit exemplify youth's power in combating climate crises and inequalities. In her words, "The crisis and the emergency are already here. We cannot afford inaction... Your curiosity is much more needed for a sustainable future."