Grassroot Innovation in Peru

Currently changes happen quite fast and a new innovation appears almost every day for example "D.light Design" with his LED solar lamp oriented to poor families in developing countries and "Embrace" with the design of a low-cost infant warmer for the base of the pyramid. All the above-mentioned innovations have been created in the developed world but there are many examples of innovations created in the developing world. However they are not world-known and invisible for international media. Maybe the most known case is: William Kamkwamba. A grassroot inventor from Africa, he built a windmill to power electrical appliances in his house from materials collected in a local scrapyard. His case is not the only one. There are many William's in the developing world.

In this article, I will share with you, the case of grassroot innovators from Peru. The barriers and problems that they face are world-wide spread and specifically often in developing countries. But problems have also solutions and thank to a network of international NGOs, which are supporting these initiatives, positive changes are happening. I would like to mention the story of the Yachachiqs (Yachachiq is the quechua name for people who pass on knowledge). It is based on the fusion of native knowledge and modern knowledge in order to develop appropriate technologies. Finally, I would like to propose some alternatives to motivate the creation of self- sustainable communities and ecosystems for grassroot innovation in developing countries.


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