Carla Ruiz studied Geography and the Environment at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. During her university stage, she had the opportunity to present herself at the XVIII Colloquium on Geography and the Environment and to publish a scientific paper in the “Espacio y Desarrollo” (Space and Development) journal. This is how her interest in research, the development of ideas and the proposal for innovative solutions arose. In 2020 she decided to participate in the e-Hackathon organized by the Inter-American Development Bank, where together with Ana Isabel Alvarado and Catherine Romani presented the winning idea of the competition “Wayru Peru."
Wayru Peru has designed a portable shower model that seeks to make Lima a city with more healthy housing and improve the hygiene conditions of families in vulnerable areas without the need for a pipeline or electric power network. This project contributes to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as a portable shower generates an average annual water savings of 5,000 Liters, benefiting families who do not have access to drinking water within their home.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
Wayru Peru was born from the e-Hackathon 2020 organized by the Inter-American Development Bank, in which a solution had to be devised to address current problems in human settlements in Lima. Through interviews and secondary sources, it was identified that the absence of a water network within homes leads to increased exposure to disease, increased water expenditure, and the absence of healthy housing.