Innovation for Social Good- Shout out to ‘WaterWalla’ for providing clean water in Dharavi,Mumbai

On the west coast of the city of dreams lies one of the largest slums of Asia with a population of 12,00,000(estimated) people. Dharavi is a large illegal squatter settlement where shanties are built over water pipes and uncovered sewages. All that a slumdweller can manage is a trampoline roof over their heads. The monsoon at the slum is even worse. During that time thousands get affected by drinking arsenic-contaminated water.
To curb the problem of ‘drinking-contaminated water’ and improve the lives of people, Waterwalla has developed an innovative, innovative, low-cost water filter that mitigates arsenic and bacteria by affixing directly to handpumps, the primary source of water supply in villages. Their mission is to improve access to clean water for underserved communities worldwide through engagement, education and innovation. Waterwalla is collaborating with local entrepreneurs to introduce other affordable water purification technologies for the public.
Today, the WaterWalla team is busy working to promote its model across India, and has even expanded to Sierra Leone in West Africa. It also launched a fellowship programme to support other start-ups in clean water.

They can be reached at: www.waterwalla.org

Picture-courtesy: www.waterwalla.org/media

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: DEF, NEWS
Date: February 25, 2016

Innovation for Social Good- Roll to reduce Load!

Narmada lives in a village, about 12 hour train ride from Mumbai. Beside doing all the household chores, she heads out to collect water from the nearby well. She sometimes has to take 6 trips in a day to draw water from the well. At a time, she can carry only two matkas on her head. She feels the load on her shoulders and neck.
A few months ago she heard about a new product that would help to reduce the burden of water collection.

The ‘waterwheel’ by Wello eases the burden by storing water in a container which could easy by rolled.

Waterwheel not only reduces the burden of carrying water but also saves time, improves efficiency and health.
After using waterwheel, Narmada can dedicate her time for her children and serves better as a nurse at a nearby community centre.

Picture courtesy: entrepreneursforachange.com

You can visit wello at: www.wellowater.org

Author: Digital Empowerment Foundation
Category: DEF, NEWS
Date: February 24, 2016