Children walk home from a primary school iLlacuash, a farming community in the district of Huallanca.
qAIRa: Using drones to monitor air quality from illegal mining areas in Peru
investment Stage
Early Stage
investment status
country of registration
founding year

qAIRa aims to address the global problem of pollution by monitoring the quality of air. Specifically, pollution control in mining areas in Peru and its surrounding populations by measuring the volume of contaminating gases and dust. qAIRA is developing the ‘Andean Drone’ a personalized hybrid drone (a plane with vertical take-off and landing) that carries a payload of air quality sensors including CO2, VOCs, particulate matter, H2S, CO, and SO2. The drone complements its monitoring with a low-cost static module called qHAWAX that measures the same air pollutants. 

During the investment period, they will validate the air quality parameters to be measured; develop software to process the data received and present this information in a reliable and user friendly manner to local policy makers; and document tests of the solution in Lima for deployment in remote locations.

Alignment with unicef strategic areas
WASH, environment and climate
Funding recieved by company

71.4 K usd

Early-Stage Funding
Investment Made:2019 Status:graduated

Achievements to date

Early-stage Graduation Status

stories related to this solution

Paola Casabona, drones-hangar engineer at qAIRa.
Portfolio News
Apr 13 , 2021