Clean Water Pathway: Saving Lives and Empowering Women
Almost one billion people lack access to clean water globally. But in Bangladesh alone, an exorbitant number of individuals die due to the effects of chronic exposure to arsenic. In these low-income communities, women are also forced into roles they may not want or be ready for.
So what can we do?
We believe that it is possible to make a self-sustaining, yet efficient, arsenic water filter that will have a positive social impact for women in this region. Working with a girl's school in Bangladesh, we have developed a model that would allow the girls and the administration at the school to sell back over 2,000 gallons of water. At 1 cent per gallon, the girls will earn back the initial startup cost up to tenfold, and can put that money back into renovating the school, the community, and maintain clean water. Access to clean water saves lives, and opportunities like these help the girls live more fulfilling, active, and happy lives too.