Albina Ruiz Rios Profiled in Latin Trade MagazineDecember 27, 2013 by Sally Farhat Kassab
From Peru to Egypt? That’s a possibility for Skoll Awardee Albina Ruiz Rios, who was just featured in Latin Trade magazine. She tells the magazine that she has a proposal to start an operation in Egypt, which would be her first in the Middle East.
An excerpt from the article:
Albina Ruiz Ríos is another Latin American woman who escaped the millstone of precariousness to become a central personality in regional history. She nurtured one of the first environmental companies to develop a broad international presence.
“In 2001, when she returned to Lima, she founded Ciudad Saludable, a consulting firm for recycling businesses. She didn’t want it to run a typical NGO that would depend on donors. Her dream was to not depend on donations, “but rather on the money that we could generate,” said Ruiz Ríos in her interview with Latin Trade. That’s why she decided to resist offers from potential donors who wanted to participate in her project.
The second crucial decision for the organization was to go outside the country of origin. In 2005, it made its first international foray, to Maturín in Venezuela. ‘At that point we decided to expand.’ The next year, Ciudad Saludable started to be recognized for its work. It received a prize in Dubai for its practices in improving the environment, the Global Development Network Award, and the BRAVO prize as environmentalist of the year. The list of awards has continued to grow right up to the present. ‘(The prizes) enabled us to have a bigger audience,’ she said.”