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11.06.2019  |  Air, Environment and Energy

Every day, silent heroes all over the world are fighting to provide clean water, unpolluted air, and healthy food in their communities. The WAFA Awards recognize these pioneers’ achievements, giving them access to funding and support.

In every corner of our planet, grassroots SDG entrepreneurs have stepped up to provide what their communities need most: healthy water, air, and food. Their dynamism and community focus have led to sustainable, low cost, low tech, high impact breakthroughs. Now they’re ready to scale and replicate their groundbreaking solutions!

And typically, they’re not waiting for others to take notice. They’re getting their stories out there!

Here are three uplifting stories from India, Nicaragua, and Nigeria – the 2018 winners of the Danish-based Water Air Food Awards (WAFA). They have already reached 50+ million readers and viewers in their own regions and beyond.

In Kerala State, India, suffers from periodic droughts between torrential monsoon rains. Mazhapolima has developed a low-tech system to recharge open wells with rainwater runoff. The payoff? Clean water year round! Over 30,000 households have installed the system, and demand is growing! Regional authorities showed up at Mazhapolima’s Award ceremony to show their support. Regional and national papers headlined the Award story across India. Mazhapolima was invited to present its project on February 7-8 2019 at Waterlex: 1st World Summit: ”Leaving No One Behind”: Human Rights Based Solutions for Access to Water and Sanitation”.

In Nicaragua, rural homes suffer from indoor pollution caused by wood-burning stoves. Fupromosunic has developed affordable solar ovens from sheet metal. The breakthrough product improves health and reduces deforestation by eliminating the need for fuel. Nicaraguan authorities have been so impressed by the WAFA awards that they have promoted the story to the press and digital media throughout Latin America.

In Nigeria, People and Planet Life Foundation’s (PPLF) Fish Farm Project empowers rural women to develop sustainable businesses supplying healthy protein to nearby urban areas. Covering the Award event, attended by regional authorities, Nigeria’s Newsday Express noted that the WAFA Awards will enable PPLF to reach its goal of creating 43,000 agribusinesses led by rural women throughout Nigeria by 2035.

These exceptional sustainability entrepreneurs beat the odds by mobilizing their communities and making the best use of limited resources. All of these go-getters know their business! They are also willing to share their knowhow with communities around the world that face similar challenges. And … they welcome partners to help make that happen!

WAFA is a platform for global sustainability partnerships. Since 2008, we have been identifying, certifying, and promoting breakthrough sustainability pioneers on every continent. In our catalogue of over 401 projects, an international committee of sustainability experts has certified over 70 as eligible for partnerships, as well as impact investment and philanthropy.

These exceptional pioneers succeed in the world’s most challenging situations. Corporations and impact philanthropists could not ask for more reliable and dynamic partners! We at WAFA can make the introduction. Together we can all make it happen!

Article originally published by – Forum for sustainable business

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WAFA 2018  Winners

Every day, silent heroes all over the world are fighting to provide clean water, unpolluted air, and healthy food in their communities. The WAFA Awards recognize these pioneers’ achievements, giving them access to funding and support.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark, October 2018 – WAFA has announced the winners of the 2018 Water Air Food Awards.

The Water, Air and Food Awards targets breakthrough low-tech, high impact, local innovations for clean water, clean air and nutritious food. WAFA acknowledges and promotes these low-cost solutions so that they can be replicated and create significant global impact. This year’s winning projects include:

  • Water Category
    • Rainwater Harvesting 30,000 well System, Mazhapolima from India
  • Air Category
    • Family Health Program Solar Ovens, FUPROSOMUNIC from Nicaragua
  • Food Category
    • The Fish Farm Project, People and Planet Life Foundation from Nigeria
  • Youth Category
    • Water Explorer Program, Ebomvini Primary School from South Africa

The award winners will receive a certificate of achievement and a WAFA trophy presented by WAFA ambassadors at their project locations, as well as a cash reward transferred directly to their accounts (no middlemen).

Out of 171 applications, the projects were among the 10 finalists selected by a committee of international sustainability experts. The projects were then voted under different categories in the global voting campaign.

“It is an honor for my team and I to award this year’s exceptional pioneers. In their own unique way, they have produced significant results and continue to positively impact lives in their communities. The growing interest among corporations, governments and grant givers to participate in scaling and replicating these kinds of solutions is heartwarming,” says Tina Lindgreen, Founder and President of WAFA.

To learn more about our awards and the winning projects, please visit:

WAFA Founder Nominated SDG Pioneer

NEW YORK, USA – May 2018   United Nations Global Compact

At the UN Global Compact, the search is on for SDG Pioneers who are making Global Goals local business.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a clear vision for a sustainable future and will shape a new era for business. As part of their Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, each year the UN Global Compact celebrates a group of SDG Pioneers — business leaders who are doing an exceptional job to advance the Global Goals through a principles-based approach.

Tina Lindgreen, President and Founder of WAFA, has been nominated for this recognition.

It’s time to celebrate the individuals and businesses behind sustainability in global and local markets.