Solar Autoclaves for Rural Nicaragua

by Salud del Sol, Inc


This project will enable a local women's group to manufacture and distribute solar medical instrument sterilizers to health clinics without electricity in rural Nicaragua.
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Nurses of rural health clinics are forced to travel far and often to sterilize their medical instruments. A solar autoclave will allow them to sterilize instruments on-site, thereby spending more time with patients and ensuring the availability of sterile equipment on hand. This project will further the research and development of solar autoclaves, as well as build the capacity of a local women's group, Las Mujeres Solares, to produce and distribute them.


This project will provide manufacturing, computer, and marketing skills training to members of the local women's group in Nicaragua. It will further the research and development of the solar autoclave by funding on-site research and pilot studies.

Long-Term Impact

The project will enable solar autoclaves to be produced and distributed in Nicaragua, where nearly 1000 rural health clinics lack electricity.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Salud del Sol
Grupo Fenix
Social Entrepreneurs, National Catholic Reporter
Lori Hanna's Story, University of Dayton website

Organization Information

Salud del Sol, Inc

Location: Cincinnati, OH - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lori Hanna
Executive Director
Wadsworth, Ohio United States

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