Zaldívar visits a farming family. To improve living conditions, she has involved rural families in loofah cultivation and has initiated cooperatives to develop local crafts based on dried loofah fibres.
Loofah fibres are used to produce vegetable sponges for cosmetic use, but nearly 30 percent of the material is left over after manufacture. Zaldívar's project gives a commercial value to this vegetable waste.
Zaldívar (right) and industrial engineer Pedro Padrós (left) discuss with a mechanic the production of composite panels. The automated machine consists of a recycled plastic melting unit, an extruder, a mixer, a roll mill and a drying and cutting unit.
A worker producing panels with the machine developed with help from Zaldívar's colleague Pedro Padrós. Depending on their thickness and composition, panels have variable flexibility, weight and insulation properties.