More than 160,000 students nationwide and communities in La Libertad will benefit from CABEI support for the acquisition of biodigesters and drinking water supply

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A US$1.0 million grant will be used to install 380 biodigesters in schools and to purchase two water desalination and purification systems in the communities of El Majahual and San Diego.

San Salvador, December 13, 2021.- A total of 152,000 students and 6,650 adults in 190 schools in El Salvador will improve their health by eliminating the use of firewood for cooking and replacing it with 380 biodigesters that will generate biogas as energy, through a US$1.0 million non-reimbursable financial cooperation grant from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI).

In turn, as part of this same cooperation, more than 500 households in the communities of El Majahual and San Diego in the department of La Libertad will have access to drinking water with the installation of two mobile systems for desalination and purification. It is estimated that close to 3,090 people who currently obtain their water from artesian wells will benefit.

"CABEI will continue to support its member countries in the development of initiatives that improve the quality of life of their inhabitants. Cooperation such as this is of vital importance because it has a direct impact on the health of hundreds of people, while promoting the use of environmentally friendly technologies as sources of self-sufficiency," said CABEI Executive President Dr. Dante Mossi.

The initiative, called "Supply of Biogas Producing Biodigesters and the Acquisition of Mobile Systems for Desalination and Water Purification", will promote the country's sustainable development and environmental awareness with eco-friendly technologies such as the biodigester, which consists of a hermetic system that through the decomposition of organic waste generates biogas (clean gas) for up to four hours a day and up to 84 liters of foliar liquid organic fertilizer per day.

It is also planned to train beneficiary students on waste management and waste reuse, strengthening the culture of sustainability, while the water purification and desalination processes will improve public health and access to the resource, promoting personal and domestic hygiene practices.