Juan Carlos Calizaya Luna grew up in an impoverished neighbourhood in the Peruvian capital of Lima, in a house without running water. He often had to go to another neighbourhood to fetch water that was trucked in. The residents of Lima’s slums have to pay up to ten times the actual value of the water for this meagre supply.
After obtaining a degree in architecture, Juan Carlos began working for CENCA, an urban planning organization. There he decided to devote his energies to developing water supply and irrigation systems for disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The initiatives led by Juan Carlos have provided many Peruvians with an efficient and affordable water supply.