Yo Cuido Mi Planeta atraves del Reciclaje

At a Glance:

  • Names: Juana Chanchavac, Maria Xiloj, and Adela Torres
  • Ages: 17-25
  • Impresarios Since: Jan. 2017
  • Project: Protecting My Planet through Recycling
  • Location: Momostenango, Guatemala

Their Story:

Momos is locally known for its beautiful wool products and hand crafts which you can find in the market. However, taking a look around at all the trash in the streets and clogging the rivers you would think that they are famous instead for their trash problem. The trash problem has long been recognized by both local and national governement, but rarely does the problem recieve the attention it deserves.

Enter Juana, Maria, and Adela - 3 young women who believe they can start cleaning up Momos. And not only that, but also turn around and use it to create baskets and bags used for shopping in the market.

Collaborating with the government, they have already started the process of installing a "bio-barda" or net that sits in the river and collects all the trash as it floats past. From there the group wants to remove, store, sort, transport, and recycle the material. No small undertaking.

FTF is now collaborating with their time sensitive needs: a recycler transportation for bottles and a place to store all the material before shipment. Look below for more details.

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Essential Next Steps

  • Understanding recycling methods
    • Know about the process?  Consider giving a small talk.
    • Or donate building materials.
  • Obtain a recycling location or machines
    • Do you know a place?  Make a suggestion below.
    • Have knowledge on the machines used?
  • Assistance w/ ideas for transportation
    • Want to help? Donate your time to help them plan.
    • Or suggest a partner institution for them.
  • Join a Keipi Journey!

*For all ideas our suggestions, please fill out the form below and the appropriate field worker will get in touch with you.


Story History and Future

  1. Andrew and Reilly meet up with the group at the local Municipal building to hear about the project. We participate in a short discussion about what we could do.
  2. FTF joins the group to help collect large "jumbo" bottles to create the "bio-barda" in the future.
  3. Gaby (the president of the group) sits down with FTF to go over the project more in depth. We settle on a date where we can have an Ideation Session
  4. Later that month the group gets together and we discuss the needs, obstacles, and future of the group.
  5. Installation of the "bio-barda" will take place early in the month. Hub-member, Max V., will be onsite to film, photograph and help raise awareness of the project.
  6. Collection of recyclables out of the river will start takin place and the process begins!
  7. Beautiful, handmade bags and baskets will start being sold in market, using the recycled material. Profits will go towards supporting the youth and their families.

Get Involved Directly

Think you can help with one of the ongoing project goals?  Use this form to contact the field worker currently collaborating on this project and get in touch!  

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