Donate for Appropriate Technology
to CRACYP's fund for appropriate technology will make a
lasting difference to the
lives of sugar cane farming families here in Ecuador. The
revolving loan fund will
provide and install stainless steel distillation tanks which are safer
to use, produce more alcohol of better quality and cost less
in the long term than cheap steel tanks. The
farmer gradually repays the cost of the tank, so the money can be used
to buy a
tank for the next family.
appropriate technology fund will provide these tanks to the members of
CADO, our organic
sugar cane farming cooperative,
who are committed to organic and sustainable agriculture.
will sell their organic alcohol via CADO, where they receive training
and advice on organic farming practices and the use of appropriate
technology. CADO designed the tank specifically for local
conditions and it heats more cane juice, faster, with less fuel than
the ordinary tanks.
provide and install the tanks, rather than lending cash, so we know
the money is used for its intended purpose. The cooperative's
social network provides a strong incentive to repay the loan on time so
that friends and neighbours can benefit next. The farmers are
paying for the tanks, so they value their investment and learn how to
use it efficiently.
for agriculture is limited in Ecuador. Most
farmers use thin steel tanks to distill the sugar cane
juice. The fermented juice is put into the tank and a fire is
lit underneath. These tanks only last about 3 months
before rusting through, leaking boiling cane juice everywhere and
scalding anyone standing too close. Each time,
the week's production of sugar cane juice is lost.
low-quality tanks cost around $20 each. The week's lost
production, depending on market prices, is worth $30 to $70.
Allowing for the costs of transportation and time spent
installing the new tanks, these tanks are costing the farmers around
$250 to $350 per year. They do not comply with organic
certification regulations. The farmers keep buying them
because that is all they can afford with the cash flow they have.
heavy-gauge stainless steel distillation tanks that the donations fund
will provide do meet the organic certification regulations, so the
organic farmers can get a higher price for their alcohol.
The tanks will last for at least 5 years, probably
longer. The risk of scalding when the tank fails happens only
once every 5 years or so, rather than 4 times a
year. The stainless-steel tanks produce better
quality alcohol and less is lost through leakage - a sustainable and
appropriate technology solution.
cost of each new stainless steel tank is around $1200,
including transportation and installation. Because
this is a CRACYP sustainable development project, it also includes
the planting of 5
trees. Over the 5 years (or more) of its life, the tank is
cheaper, safer and more efficient for the farmers and their families.
The more donations the fund receives, the sooner more
families can benefit from appropriate technology to make the most of
their agricultural production.
donations will be gratefully received, however large or small.
Please contact help("at")progresoverde.org to explore the most
cost-efficient way to transfer money to us.
We will use your donations to help provide families here with
the appropriate technology they need to escape from poverty.
this area of
extreme poverty, most families live from hand to mouth. When
tank fails, they must replace it immediately because they will have no
income without it. The $20 tank, the only
technology they can afford at the time, is actually the most expensive
inefficient. A good quality, purpose-built stainless steel
tank is cheaper in
the long run, but most farmers have no way to save up the hundreds of
dollars needed up front to buy one.
the appropriate technology fund will help farmers step out of this
vicious circle of poverty and invest in their own future. As
they repay the cost of the tank, we can give another
the same opportunity, so your
donations will continue to improve lives for years to come.
Charitable donations needed for CADO's appropriate
technology loan fund.
Donate to the fund for stainless steel distillation tanks,
sustainable agricultural technology for sugar cane alcohol production.
Donating will change the lives of sugar cane farming families
western foothills of the Andes in the provinces of Cotopaxi and Bolivar
and help them escape from poverty. Monies donated (after
any bank charges incurred) will be used for the revolving loan
fund, firstly for distillation tanks as described above. In
future the fund will use the repaid money to provide loans for other
appropriate technology with a similar approach relevant to
circumstances and costs at that time.
Progress organic farming and appropriate technology project from CRACYP.