How iDE and the Pressure Pump Empowers Female Farmer’s in Zambia

Who does it help? Women, in particular those whose survival depends on agriculture as a source of sustenance and livelihood. Zambia has been experiencing deficits in food production lately due to droughts that have been affecting small-scale farms that rely on the rains to water their fields. Due to increasing populations the pressure is on these farmers who make up …

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Reinventing the Wheel: India’s New Water Collection Device

  In the state of Rajasthan in northwestern India, women spend an average of six hours per day collecting water. This statistic is mirrored in countries throughout the Global South where women and girls disproportionately bear the time and physical constraints of water collection. In response, U.S. social venture Wello has developed a device known as the WaterWheel. The WaterWheel …

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Nothing to Shake a Stick At: MIT Introduces Tree-Based Water Filters

  The UN estimates that 85% of the world’s population lives in the driest half of the planet. 783 million people don’t have access to clean water, and roughly 2.5 billion people don’t have access to sanitation. Various systems have been developed using charcoal, sand or chlorination to filter impurities and contaminants. Some are costly, some are complicated, some require …

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Another Feel-Good App Wastes an Opportunity

  The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), works to improve the lives of children living in poverty by providing health care, clean water and sanitation, and emergency relief. New this year to UNICEF is the Tap Project, an initiative that seeks to provide children world-wide with safe drinking water through an app that purports to save lives if the …

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A Clean Water Enterprise in Rural India

A lack of infrastructure in rural communities means that villages and towns are often left without clean drinking water. For low-income households this means drinking water that will potentially make them ill, leading to medical bills or a loss of income. Sarvajal is tackling this issue head-on in rural communities in India. They began by offering clean water through locally-owned …

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Turning Peru’s Fog into Usable Water

  German-based NGO Alimon has developed fog collectors in Peru to help communities in arid climates capture much needed water. They do so by erecting specially made screens on fog prone hill-tops that absorb the moisture into water droplets that are then funneled into water tanks. This is a common technique among certain plants. Project “Green Desert” has been implemented …

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Turning Sewage Problems into a Resource

  Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is converting human waste into compost in rural and urban communities in Haiti. Through specialized toilet systems, they have been able to collect and process materials from 14,000 people living in Port-au-Prince and another 10,000 people in northern Haiti. When they open a new toilet, they also host a “Toilet Inauguration” party that teaches …

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Remote Monitoring of Rural Hand Pumps

This project aims to develop a monitoring tool that reports on the health of a standard hand pump in a rural community. Using specific Global System Mobile tools, a group of students from Oxford University are developing a way to remotely track the health of a hand pump in rural communities. As their report highlights, one out of three installed …

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