Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI)

2015 Finalist
The Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI) was organized in 1991 by a group of development workers doing a socio-economic program for a sugar workers union. Working in remote areas of Negros, they observed the absence of basic services, especially water for drinking and irrigation.

AIDFI focused on the use of appropriate technologies in solving basic needs including organic agriculture. Over the years it has developed and manufactured around 15 technologies to help communities live better lives. The technologies included water pumps, latrines, Pico hydro, biogas, solar heaters, windmills for electricity generation, and equipment for agricultural production and processing. Its local model of the hydraulic ram pump became its flagship technology and the most sought after in bringing precious water to upland communities.