Humana, 30 years working for global sustainability


Since its birth, on July 30, 1987, Humana is, above all, the sum of the effort of a team that works every day in favor of protecting the environment and improving the living conditions of other people.

The origin and objectives

Starting from the struggle against Apartheid and the knowledge of the reality of Sub-Saharan Africa acquired through its travels in different countries of the area, a group of people with a common desire felt at the beginning of the seventies the basis of what today Are the different organizations that are part of Humana People to People.

In 1977 the first of these organizations was created in Denmark UFF. For the next ten years, the Humana of Norway, Sweden (both in 1979), Zimbabwe (1980), Guinea-Bissau (1981), Mozambique (1982), Zambia (1985), Austria, Angola Finland (1987). On July 30 of that same year the Asociación Humana was born officially through its registration in the Barcelona registry.

In September 1987 the first containers were placed on the street, a space was rented to sort the clothes and in October it opened the first store, in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, near Barcelona. During the first years the containers are made of wood. Today, the collection is carried out with metal containers of last generation that guarantee high levels of usability and safety, while it is used from specific management software for the collection to volumetric sensors for the containers.
Clothing is the fraction that inaugurates the system of selective collection of urban solid waste, behind the glass. The society's response to Humana's proposal - giving a second life to clothes for a social purpose - is, from the beginning, very good. It should be borne in mind that in Spain there was a long tradition of extending life to garments: people are accustomed to donating it to relatives or friends, so the appearance of the first containers dedicated to the selective collection of textiles is a new Way to promote reuse, with the added value of having a social purpose.

In 2002 the transformation of the Human Association into the current Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo begins in a process that culminates in 2010. The legal figure of Foundation fits better with the nature of the organization since, for example, it enhances the protection of the environment Among its aims.

Being faithful since 1987 to our mission we have grown year by year, knowing that there is always scope for further improvement. We can say, without a doubt, that today the organization has reached maturity as a Foundation, backed by solid values ??and a high level of professionalism and commitment to society.

Some key dates in these 30 years


  • On July 30 the Asociación Humana is registered in the Register of Associations of Barcelona.
  • Open the first store, in Santa Coloma de Gramenet (Barcelona).


  • 214 containers are purchased with which the collection service is enhanced.


  • First time in which the 1,000 tons of clothes collected in a year are exceeded.


  • For the first time a subsidy is received from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI). It amounts to 19.9 million pesetas destined to the association ADPP-Angola, local partner, to start a teacher training school in Caxito (Angola).


  • Start of the collection service in the Community of Madrid.
  • Over 1,000 containers installed in Spain.


  • Open the first store in Madrid, on Bravo Murillo Street.


  • Start of the collection service in Galicia and Andalusia.


  • Two new clothing classification centers start in Granada and Madrid.
  • Open the first store in Andalucia, located in Granada.


  • Start of the clothing collection service in Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha.


  • The number of stores is already 15.
  • 8.2 million euros for cooperation in 20 years.


  • The workforce reaches 200 people, of which 56% are women.


  • The Humana Association changes its legal form and becomes Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo.
  • Receives 2.6 million euros of subsidies from 15 public administrations, both from the EU and from the municipal and regional level.
  • First edition of Humana Day.


  • The number of 20 stores in Spain is exceeded.
  • The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) approves the financing of several cooperation projects and one for development education in Spain. 11 projects financed by the Agency at that time.


  • 25th anniversary of the entity.
  • Opening of store number 25.
  • € 4.1 million is earmarked for cooperation, the highest figure in 30 years. More than 50% comes from funds generated.


  • The 3C program Climate and Community is born with two social gardens: in Lliçà d'Amunt (Barcelona) and Leganés (Madrid).
  • Over one million customers are in the Foundation's secondhand stores.


  • The Foundation contributes to the development of 61 different projects in 18 countries.
  • The workforce reaches 400 people, of which 65% are women.


  • The classification plants achieve a year more than the percentage of use of the processed material is above 90%: 9 out of 10 garments have a second life via reuse or recycling.
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