Peru.- Young inventor from Peru creates an inexpensive refrigerator for the most disadvantaged and that does not require electricity.
The Pukhi refrigerator can improve the quality of life of almost 40 percent of Peruvians, according to information from the Fayerwayer portal. Making it easy to protect and enjoy your meals without them spoiling.
40% of Peruvians do not have access to a refrigerator:
Something that very few people know, but which is truly alarming, is the fact that almost 40 percent of homes in Peru do not have a refrigerator. Thinking about this need in his country and those most in need, the young Jorge Luis Siesquén Deza, who is a 28-year-old Peruvian inventor and businessman, came up with the idea of developing “Pukhi”, a refrigerator that does not require electricity.
An initiative that was born out of good will and support for families:
Pukhi is a low-cost refrigerator with which Siesquén hopes to help the most vulnerable in his country to preserve their food and save money.
Selected among 35 of the best inventors in Latin America:
According to the report published on the Entrepeneur website, this young inventor was selected as one of the 35 winners of MIT’s “Innovators Under 35 Latin America 2022” (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Technology Review in Spanish.
His idea was born in 2020 as a necessity in the Pandemic:
Siesquén told Peru Reports that Pukhi was born in 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
“Eating fresh food in our daily lives is probably something we take for granted, but for a large number of Peruvian families that do not have a refrigerator at home, it is a privilege,” said the young man.
To get an idea of how the pandemic affected Peru, an Ipsos study revealed that it was the third country that managed it the worst, behind Brazil and Venezuela. For Jorge Luis Siesquén, the main problem was due to the fact that “people did not have a refrigerator at home and had to buy products every day.”
How does Pukhi work?
Pukhi uses an “ancestral, accessible and sustainable technology called evaporative cooling with just three simple materials: sand, water and clay”.
Basically, two containers of water are placed, one smaller than the other, and the sand evaporates the water. The creator explained: “First, what we do is place the sand in the larger container and then sand is placed around the smaller container. The water is placed in the latter container and waited for it to evaporate.”
“Pukhi can store up to six kilograms of food, especially fruits and vegetables, and keep it between five and eleven degrees below ambient temperature for at least two weeks,” said Siesquén.
Who benefits from Pukhi?
In Peru, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), in the first three months of 2022 only 58.2% of households in the country had a refrigerator, so a large part of the country could benefit from this invention. Avoiding losing your valuable food.
Siesquén assured that 20 Peruvian families already have the device and refrigerators have been installed in soup kitchens “where the impact is greater because around 100 people are fed.”
With information from El Imparcial