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Inspired by the Quechua word "Awayo" (pronounced aguayo), a versatile woven fabric used for protection and as a symbol of indigenous heritage, Awaio carries profound conceptual meaning. It represents Latin America, encapsulating the essence of water and origin. The addition of "io" gives the name identity and resonance, while phonetically echoing the term "human being," emphasizing the connection between water and our sense of self. 

Awaio is a Latin American company dedicated to promoting water security and fostering a harmonious relationship with water. We are committed to creating meaningful and authentic solutions that address the challenges faced by communities. Our approach is rooted in empathy and collaboration, allowing us to develop tailored solutions that resonate with the unique needs of each territory.

Some of our work

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making a difference!

Discover Awaio's innovative solutions for water security and sustainable management, transforming communities across Latin America.

2023. AiGROU | LATAM4WEF - NEXUS

The Latam4WEF Innovation Lab and Academy, a collaborative effort by SAFEEM and Nexus, successfully held its Matchmaking Demo Day and announced the winner, AiGROU. This machine-learning platform assists farmers in optimizing water usage and mitigating climate risks.

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2023. BLUE DRINKS #1 BOGOTA

Bogotá hosted Blue Drinks #1, an event aimed at fostering collective understanding between policymakers, researchers, specialists, activists, NGOs, professionals, students, and water users about water challenges, opportunities, and sustainability in Colombia.

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2022. IWRM SUCRE BOLIVIA

Training in Integrated Water Resources Management, Water Security, Nature-Based Solutions for Water, and Water Culture. Developing capacities in decision-makers at different levels and organizational units of public and private entities.  Creating a comprehensive vision and analysis of urban management models to achieve Water Security.

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2022. OLAS BID LATAM

The Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean on Water and Sanitation (OLAS) is a digital platform that collects relevant information from the water and sanitation sector in the region and contributes to monitoring the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Awaio was part of the team for the diagnosis and action plan for Colombia, Peru, Panama, and Costa Rica.

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2021. HERMANA CVC CALI

HERMANA (Integrated Water Management Tool), is an online integrated solution designed to assist managers and specialists from water companies or institutions in making critical, data-driven decisions from various sources, enabling sustainable and equitable water resource management. 

The Regional Autonomous Corporation of Valle del Cauca in Colombia is currently using HERMANA to promote evidence-based decision-making processes.

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2019. COLOMBIA WATER SECURITY

Data compilation, processing, and analytics for 50 indicators related to water security in Colombia for the study "A Change of Course: Water Security for Recovery and Sustainable Growth". Measures to mitigate the negative impacts of these water-related crises are analyzed, and priority investments are recommended to improve the performance of the water sector. Diagnosis and recommendations.

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Our Team

High Performance Professionals in ​Water Management, Climate Action, and Sustainable Development

Awaio has an international network of professionals specialized in water and environmental sciences, including integrated water management, climate change, governance, environmental planning, urban and rural innovation, nature-based solutions, stakeholder engagement, water security, hydrological and hydraulic modeling, computer tools, among others.

MSc. Eng. Ana Carola Sossa Mendez

​Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

17+ years of experience in socio-environmental studies, stakeholder engagement, and consultancy projects focused on human rights, climate change, and sustainable development.

MSc. Eng. Saul Buitrago Diaz

​Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer

18+ years of experience in integrated water resource management, hydrology, flood risk management, and nature-based solutions. .

MSc. Eng. Sergio Nauffal Monsalve

​Co-founder & Board Member

15+ years of experience in water infrastructure project development, promoting efficient governance and stakeholder management. 


What we do

Water Governance

Working with public and private institutions to enhance efficiency and evidence-based decision-making in water management. This involves collaborating on the development and implementation of policies, regulations, and strategies that promote sustainable and equitable water resource management.

Data Management and Hydroinformatics

Assisting water entities in making informed decisions by leveraging information technology and data analysis. This includes providing diagnostics, data governance strategies, data mining and analysis, development of digital tools and early warning systems, and implementing low-cost sensors for real-time monitoring.

Infrastructure for Water Management

Designing and developing infrastructure projects that promote nature-based solutions and circular economy principles. These projects range from multipurpose water infrastructure to flood management systems and ecosystem-based approaches to enhance water security and resilience.

Education for Sustainability

Recognizing the importance of education in fostering sustainable practices. Designing and implementing capacity-building and educational programs focused on human rights and environmental sustainability, tailored to the specific needs of each territory. These programs aim to empower communities and stakeholders to effectively participate in water resource management and decision-making processes.