Carla Liliana
Magán Zorrilla

Project: Solid waste management for composting and cultivation of community gardens

I am the leader of “Color Energía”, a group committed to the recovery and revaluation of the Apu Asharu, known as Cerro San Cristóbal. My actions in recent years have focused on the "Leticia" Human Settlement. Adaptability to changes has allowed me to develop multidisciplinary strategies aligned with the needs of my community. The point of departure for my work is the sensitivity of a mural painter, visual artist with a focus on community art for development. I have managed thematic experiential tourist routes and organised the first mural festival in the history of Cerro San Cristóbal. My work spans across a wide range of fields from folk dancing, organising urban interventions with madonnari art, conducting awareness workshops for children, youth and adults and finally through to volunteering in adolescent shelters in the mountains and jungle. I am the director of the Yanatile Pueblo Mural project with a focus on revaluing the agricultural tradition and returning to agriculture. Mother of a 10-year-old boy and passionate cyclist on the dramatic tracks of Lima.


Our project is currently in the awareness and education stage working with 50 families from the Committee 12 of the Human Settlement "Leticia", Cerro San Cristóbal area. Due to the pandemic the project is now on hold but will restart once the restrictions are lifted.

We support economic viability by generating employment and income thanks to the distribution and sale of fertilizer and vegetables at the Leticia “From the City to the Saucepan” Urban Community Fair and alliances with municipal fairs, urban and private fairs. Our project ensures the decrease in the generation of solid waste though training provision to residents and the implementation of a waste processing plant. In the future, the project will continue to cultivate environmental awareness and promote nutritious food amongst the population. The improvement of life quality in the community will be promoted and a chain of employability will be generated.

According to the National Institute of Statistics of Peru data, with approximately 10 000 inhabitants generating 1 kg of solid waste per day, in the course of one-year Leticia Settlement produces around 3,500 tons of garbage. The lack of municipal waste collection service, the lack of information and environmental education, as well as the accumulation of garbage, are a great burden on the environment and exceeds the capacity of landfills in Lima.


The greatest motivation is my son and the place to improve, which is our home. In each day of the last years I have demonstrated to my son that the daily concrete actions and the constancy in our efforts at each stage of the challenges that we assume and projects that we manage; they make our dreams come true, because we work on them and thus, we achieve a healthy planet, a balanced society; starting from our close surroundings and radiating outwards. Together with my neighbours we will be architects of the environmental, social and economic recovery of our beloved Cerro San Cristóbal.