Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market
Financing, Design, Technology, Technical assistance, Labor, Property rights, Sanitation, Water, Infrastructure, Energy conservation, Renewable energy, Green housing, Environment, Income generation, Urban development, Rural development, Citizen/community participation, Public policy, Other (please specify).
Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention
Yes. The mindset in the DR and Haiti is fixated on concrete block. We provide all the positive attributes of block, plus we dramatically exceed block on all measurable factors from insulation content to carbon footprint. Again we have the issue of status quo, few want to change from systems that they are accustomed to. However, the key to introducing the new technologies is the price. Ecological benefit does not readily change business behavior on this island. What will make the change is proven money savings. The DR and Haiti are interconnected to the point that once an innovation has proven to actually save money, it can be adopted quickly. Active and direct opposition to implementation of beneficial solutions should not be underestimated. When SSIP construction is clearly demonstrated to save money, reduce construction times and reduce the building’s long term operating costs, the concrete industry will be negatively effected, and they will not be happy. Some projects can be started now with imported materials, but the real changes will come after our DR factory is up and running, and the first buildings directly demonstrate the benefits that the SSIP system provides. SSIP construction is far superior to frame construction as well, but the construction industry in the US has been extremely slow to move from the status quo. For the multiple benefits of SSIP construction and for future innovations including hydrogen fuel options and renewable energy systems, success in small nations so close to the US may eventually provide the leverage to move the US further toward adopting sustainable solutions.
Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?
Our list of collaborators includes, the following for-profit companies: Sun Ovens International, Transcon Steel, Grupo Duarte (Legal Services and Business Development in Santo Domingo, DR), Cedano Legal Services, Elfi Wall Systems, Neptun Ultra-Efficiency Lighting, Woodgas Stoves, Architecturalhotwire.com, rebuildhaitibetter.ning.com and 19-Grado Estudio Sostenible (Sustainable Architectural Design Studio); as well as the following non-profit organizations: Grupo Jaragua, Grupo CONACADO, SHE-Inc. Solar Household Energy, Global Exchange, WBEZ – Chicago Public Radio, Solar Cookers International, The University of San Francisco, Faith in Place, Rise International, Bethel UCC Elmhurst, IL, The Zakat Foundation of America, The Natura Park Ecological Foundation, The Annual Higuey Book Fair and The Rotary Club of Higuey, DR.
Please describe in detail the nature of the partnership(s)
El Fuego del Sol Geotourism Alliance connects and collaborates with non-profits, corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, artists, innovators and activists toward improving the environment and society. We are a true Hybrid Network: we form close working relationships with for-profits and non-profits to work together to improve ecological and social environments in the DR and Haiti.
El Fuego del Sol is an independent secular triple-bottom-line (focusing on people, planet and profit) company that seeks to work with any entity of any affiliation toward the mutual goals of improving society and the environment. We respect all backgrounds and traditions in our quest to find common ground and move forward together. We follow the cost-plus-fixed-fee model to transparently offer a just price for the products and services we offer. We are working to financially sustainably provide ecological products that provide for all basic human needs. Our partnerships further that goal. MBA programs teach about the concepts of: triple-bottom-line, hybrid social enterprise business networks, cost-plus, and social entrepreneurs, but few examples are actively engaging those concepts and documenting their efforts, but El Fuego del Sol exemplifies all of those concepts, in association with our network partners. Thank you for this networking opportunity to share information about El Fuego del Sol with Changemakers from around the world.
Select the unit(s) with which the partnership was formed
Foundation of the company, Corporate social responsibility department, Marketing department, HR department, Sales department, Logistics department, R&D department, Other (please specify).