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Esfera Viva

Creation date: 2015

Country: Colombia

Location: Medellin

Sector of activity: Energy, utilities and environment

Social issue: Digital solutions with high social impact · Environment and rural settings

Esfera Viva is a collaborative digital platform in which companies and individuals can support environmental and social projects through voluntary investments. These projects, which belong to not-for-profit entities, are financed using the crowdfunding model. The NGO specifies the amount it needs to finance the initiative. Some 12% of the final amount goes to Esfera Viva for hosting the project and taking care of investors: "They can follow up on the implementation of the project shown in sustainability indicators, GIS and processing of public and satellite data. They can also access monthly and annual plans to obtain tax benefits and, in turn, build sustainable territories," say the managers Lida Patricia Giraldo, Valeria Zapata and Juliana Zapata.

Esfera Viva generates connections between companies and individuals who voluntarily seek to offset their carbon footprint or participate in sustainability actions. These actions are carried out through environmental and social projects: "that benefit strategic ecosystems, biodiversity and the quality of life of rural and ethnic communities." Several companies participate in the implementation of the projects by making investments: "Generating a shared value in the communities, strengthening the quality of life of the territory and improving its environmental conditions."