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Ecofiltros for Safe Passage families . Reduced spending,improved health, increased awareness. What are Ecofiltros?. Developed in the ‘80s by a Guatemalan scientist Ecofiltro provides an affordable means of filtering water, other than chlorinating or boiling water

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Ecofiltros for safe passage families

Ecofiltros for Safe Passage families

Reduced spending,improved health, increased awareness


What are ecofiltros
What are Ecofiltros?

  • Developed in the ‘80s by a Guatemalan scientist

  • Ecofiltro provides an affordable means of filtering water, other than chlorinating or boiling water

  • Found to reduce instances of diarrhea by 50%

  • Awarded the World Bank’s Marketplace Award for sustainability in 2003, 2004

  • In the last 3 years, 60 000 filters have been distributed, serving 500 000 Guatemalans

  • Ecofiltros are now available in 14 countries around the world

Accessed at http://ecofiltro.org/index.php?showPage=86&cache=1


How does ecofiltro work
How does Ecofiltro work?

  • Made out of local clay and sawdust, bathed in colloidal silver, a naturally anti-bacterial substance

  • Micropores in clay basin filter out impurities, such as cysts, fecal residue, etc. Also eliminates smell and color from contaminated water

  • Colloidal silver coating purifies water from bacteria that cause diarrhea, cholera, and other diseases of the digestive tract

  • Clay basin placed inside a bucket with a tap and cleaning instructions on the back

  • Clay basin must be cleaned regularly and replaced once a year

Accessed at http://ecofiltro.org/index.php?showPage=104&cache=1


Ecofiltro and safe passage
Ecofiltro and Safe Passage

  • Through the Adult Literacy program, Safe Passage has provided donated and discounted Ecofiltros to local families in 2009 and 2010

  • Safe Passage organizes a water filtering training session for families receiving Ecofiltros every year

  • In May 2009, 42 filters were donated by Water Charity and given out to women who attended Adult Literacy classes as well as 4 given to Safe Passage

  • In June 2010, 32 of these women requested and bought a clay basin replacement with a 50% discount of Q100.00 provided by the company Ecofiltro

  • In addition, Water Charity donated new filters to an additional 35 women and men in 2010

  • 77 Safe Passage families now have an Ecofiltro water filter in their homes


















Previous scientific studies
Previous scientific studies trainings

Social Studies. No. 53 Magazine.  IV Season.  The Fight Against Child Morbidity: “Artisan Filters and Education.  AfA Guatemala, ICAITI, IDIES”Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala. 1993-1994. Accessed at http://ecofiltro.org/index.php?showPage=10&cache=1.





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