Sustainable Soil Maldives
We are Sustainable Soil Maldives and we are setting up a composting of organic waste project based in Addu, Maldives. Under supervision of the TUdelft are we, Sterre Breedijk, Ruth Vraka, Thom van der Ent and Nicolaas van Zuylen, engaging on the project. To possibly destroy your expectation, the Maldives is not only crystal-clear seas and pure white beaches. The Maldives have many problems such as waste management, too little land for too many people and climate change. We are going to tackle two specific problems concerning organic waste management and agriculture in the Maldives, we will describe these more detailed below.
What problems will we tackle?
90% of food consumed in the Maldives (United Nations Development Program) is imported, mostly from India or Sri Lanka. This is because of the limited amount of fertile soil (or soil at all!) in the Maldives. Importing these large amount of food leads to a lot of CO2 emission by shipping and makes the food much more expensive for the locals and resorts.
Also, there is a huge waste problem in the Maldives as there is very little space to get rid of the waste. There even is an island which is full of waste called trash island. Within the waste problem, people have a lot of difficulties with the disposal of organic waste. Most of the organic waste disposed by resorts, households or other larger entities is thrown into the ocean at night! Often this waste washes up to the shore which pollutes the beautiful white beaches which makes the Maldives famous.
What is our solution?
We want to find a sustainable and continuous solution for the problems above. To start with, we want to donate compost kits to resorts, schools, mosques, households etc. so they can reuse their organic waste by making compost of it. We already have suitable compost kits which are half sponsored by the NGO The Soneva Group. The communities or people using the compost kits can do either of two things with their produced compost. First, they can use the compost for their own garden to provide themselves or their clients with home-grown food. Secondly, they can donate the produced compost to us, we will eventually provide local farmers with compost so they can have more fertile soil to grow their crops. This circular process solves both the import problem and the organic waste problem to some extend! We work together with agriculture consultants, the city councils on the island, multiple NGO’s on the islands and the ministry of agriculture to achieve our goals.
Why do we need you?
To obtain the composting kit, due to the Soneva Group, we only need to pay half of the kits we buy! Therefore, we expect that we need €1400 to buy enough composting kits for the project. Furthermore, we need to travel within the Maldives to enlarge our range of farmers, resorts and households that we can reach. The more money we raise, the larger our range! Distances in the Maldives are big, for now we expect that we need at least €600 for travelling in between the islands and farms. Furthermore we need €1000 for buidling of our own composting kits. We need material like chicken wire, pallets, thermometers and other supplies. Lastly, we need €500 for transportation of the kits and other goods that we need such as a microscope. All together we need €3500 to reach our goal!
Please sponsor us so we can provide the Maldives with a composting system and so that we can reach as many farms and resorts as possible to make the Maldives sustainable!
Sustainable Soil Maldives
You can always contact us for more information by phone or email!
+31 6 11902539
Who provides us with the project?
"We are Resilient Island. Nature and People are our most important stakeholders. Our dream is to push the boundaries of possibility in finding new solutions with societal and local impact. We thrive by maintaining a close relationship with our projects, seeing them grow, and creating space when project maturity is reached. We work with and for local communities and nature. This requires an intimate and creative approach for every project. We believe that this is the way to enable accessible and responsible food production globally. It means creating places where we and others can feel at home years later.
Resilient Island’s mission is to realize localized food production which is embedded in and embraced by local communities and achieves long-term success, resilience, and self-sufficiency for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Our ambition is to do this together with local partners and communities. This means respecting local values and traditions and building a community for a long sustainable future. This way, our projects are tailored to local circumstances and values, establishing shared responsibility and ownership.
By continuously reinvesting our profits in a better future and challenging our concepts we improve circularity and reduce our own social and environmental food footprint."