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Albina Ruiz Rios Profiled in Latin Trade Magazine

December 27, 2013 by

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.”

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Ciudad Saludable Wins Changing Markets Award in Istanbul

November 1, 2013 by

Congratulations Ciudad Saludable  on winning the Changing Markets Award at The International Business Forum in Istanbul!

The organization was chosen from 130 others from all over the world. They were looking for an organization which combines business acumen with environmental and social objectives, contributing to the transformation towards a greener, more inclusive world.

Their innovative business cases present solutions to achieve greater resource-efficiency, improve climate change mitigation and adaptation, provide green products and integrate the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) into the value chain. They demonstrate how sustainability and profitability can be aligned across energy, waste management and recycling, green products, ICT, water and sanitation, agriculture, and building materials.

Ciudad Saludable creates efficient solid waste management systems. By enabling the development of microenterprises that collect and recycle waste in Peru, this initiative empowers and improves the livelihoods of waste pickers. These microenterprises reduce waste volume in municipal landfills and generate income by separating recyclables.

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Albina Ruiz featured in “Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World”

June 11, 2012 by

Skoll Awardee Albina Ruiz of Ciudad Saludable is featured in a new book about social entrepreneurs. Here’s a little about what is said, in a Forbes article by the author:

“And more and more [social entrepreneurs] are defining themselves by who they are — rather than what they do. Case in point: Chapter 5 of my book, “Rippling,” portrays Albina Ruiz, a Peruvian engineer who started Grupo Ciudad Saludable. Instead of building bridges and other structures, Ruiz chose to use her expertise to tackle garbage collection issues that were plaguing the slum areas of Lima for years. She is now a very self-satisfied engineer who feels like she is using her profession to change thousands of lives for the better.”

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Albina Ruiz Rios Wins Prestigious Award

November 8, 2011 by

Today, Skoll Awardee Albina Ruiz will receive the 2011 Fairness Award at Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. Ruiz is founder of Ciudad Saludable, which manages garbage in Peru efficiently. It creates jobs and a better quality of life.

Presented by the Global Fairness Initiative, the award was launched in 2010 at the Kennedy Center Opera House with more than 2,000 invited guests including members of the Cabinet and congressional leaders, and ambassadors.

GFI is a not- for-profit international organization that promotes a more equitable approach to economic development, ensuring that prosperity is extended to all.

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Peruvian Recycler Law Sets the Pace

September 17, 2009 by

The Peruvian Congress this month passed a new law on recyclers, becoming, to our knowledge, the first country globally with a national law specifically for the recycler industry.  This important achievement is due in no small part to the work of Ciudad Saludable, led by 2006 social entrepreneur Albina Ruiz.  Ciudad Saludable, which focuses on sustainable management of environmental and natural resources as a key driver of economic development, is one of the leading promoters of recycling in the region.  Albina’s work has been instrumental in both shaping policy and building the grassroots movement of recyclers that will carry out and benefit from the new law.  The law includes provisions to drive replication of Ciudad’s approach on a nationwide basis, with a range of incentives to encourage recycling and improve the lives of the recyclers themselves. It also creates a national Day of the Recycler, as well as a National Recycling Prize.

This is a great example of how a social entrepreneur starting at a community or grassroots level can ultimately expand impact to the national level (or beyond) via government embrace of his or her approach.


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