Bradley co-founded WSV as a sustainable approach to international development. With the support of Enactus and the University of Southampton, WSV has developed three main business models that have enabled people with low economic prospects to generate income, whilst providing a service that benefits the community.
SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
Vincent co-founded WateROAM in 2014 to develop water filtration solutions that can be used in disaster stricken areas to give people quick access to clean drinking water. More than 70,000 people have benefitted from access to water filtering pumps in 21 countries across Southeast Asia.
Sanitation Africa Limited works to improve access to water and sanitation health (WASH) facilities, such as latrines and hand washing units. Sanitation Africa Limited has helped 10,000 people to access better hygiene and sanitation facilities in Uganda. Samuel and his team have constructed almost 600 latrines and 20 handwashing facilities to date, and have upgraded more than 1,000 latrines. Uganda does not yet have universal sanitation coverage, which contributes to ill health, absenteeism and low academic attainment.
Ben and Jack founded On Course Projects Inc. in order to help eradicate poverty in Kenya through vocational training, microfinancing and business education for young people and women in Kenya. In total, they have directly helped 73 people in rural Kenya and indirectly helped 200–300 through their services. For the vocational training people receive on average six months of boarding and education at TAFE including all meals and expenses. For the microfinancing they give a loan of $250 AUD, weekly business consultations, social worker support on an ‘as needed’ basis for 12 months.
Jireh has, since 2011, been providing drilled water wells to the remotest villages in the western Democratic Republic of Congo, where rural villagers are living without clean and drinking water. The wells are safe and modern and the local villagers are taught how to clean and maintain the wells to keep the water safe to drink. To date, 14 wells have been created, serving over 30,000 people.
As a student Hermella, like so many, always took for granted access to clean water, and could not imagine that so many Ethiopians were deprived of clean water. But having travelled and seen first-hand people fighting over unclean water, she decided to create an initiative to solve the issue. Hermella set up her own NGO – Help for a Drop of Water (Now DOW) in April of 2009 to help people in the forgotten parts of Ethiopia have access to clean water. To date she has installed over 33 wells giving access to 24,750 people.
Growing up in rural Papua New Guinea, Bal Kama experienced the shortfalls and inequities inherent to the education system. Upon receiving a Doctorate in Law, Bal Kama founded the Kama Scholars Foundation (KSF) with the aim of correcting what was wrong with the education system. Since its founding in 2013, KSF has operated in the Simbu Province of PNG and has impacted thousands of students across remote schools.
In high school, in Kenya, Leroy designed a Human Waste Bioreactor to solve three problems; a rift between the school and its local community, the provision of clean renewable energy for the school’s cooks and poor sanitation in the school. He led a team to compete in Innovate Kenya’s 2013 Innovation challenge, winning $2,000. The money was used to build a prototype Bioreactor which is still in use today to produce biogas.
Xiomara founded Barranquilla+20 in 2012 as a community organisation to empower and educate young people on issues of sustainability, water rights and environmental responsibilities as a component of social justice. Barranquilla+20 is the umbrella organisation that houses a range of different environmentally conscious projects, affecting over 7,000 young people to date.
Fernando founded the social enterprise YAQUA as a social business to provide rural Peruvians with stable and clean water. Four million people in Peru lack access to safe water, and eight million Peruvians lack access to improved sanitationa. YAQUA sells premium bottled water across Peru with 100% of the profits used to fund water infrastructure projects for communities in need, benefitting 1,300 people to date.