Pioneering Affordable Water Purification

I’ve been thinking of water purification for a few days after I saw Bill Gates drinking a glass of water that was purified from feces (poop!).

Before this, I had heard of the Desolenator, a solar powered device that’s the most affordable and efficient way to purify water. They are currently preparing for mass production thanks to the success of its ongoing fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.

Here’s some data on the problem these devices are trying to solve:

According to the UN Water GLAAS 2014 Report, 748 million people lack access to improved drinking water and an estimated 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water that is faecally contaminated. In addition, hundreds of millions of people do not have clean soap and water to wash their hands, a simple practice that prevents the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness. Providing safe and sufficient drinking water, particularly for poorer people in rural areas that are not served by formal providers, will progress sanitation and hygiene conditions to assist in achieving the Millennium Development Goals to improve maternal health, curb the spread of infectious diseases, reduce child mortality and ensure environmental sustainability.

One Today, the charitable giving app Google launched into pilot testing

One Today, the charitable giving app Google launched into pilot testing this April, is today publicly available to all Android users in the U.S., the company announced this morning. The app asks users to donate $1 to the projects they like – the idea being, of course, that with scale, these causes will benefit from such small donations.

More at Techcrunch

Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School 2013

Heather writes in to remind us about the annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School on Oct 4, 2013:

The annual Social Enterprise Conference at Columbia Business School brings together thought leaders from across private, nonprofit, public, and academic sectors to share best practices, debate critical issues, and collaborate on innovative concepts to inspire change. Through interactive sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, a pitch competition, and networking opportunities, the conference presents guests with the opportunity to partake in the most important business and societal conversation of this new era. Tweet about the event using #ColumbiaSEconf.

Read more here.

Trickle Up works with women who live in ultrapoverty

Trickle Up works with women who live in ultrapoverty, providing training and a grant to start or expand a business. To ensure the longevity of their hard work, learning to save and access credit is essential, which is why Trickle Up helps participants form savings groups. These voluntary, community-based, self-managed groups meet regularly and enable women to save as a buffer against emergencies and unexpected expenses, while also being able to access credit to grow their businesses. Even more, women build solidarity, enabling them to learn from one another and be a support base in times of need.

Read more over at the Catapult Blog.

Rhodes Youth Forum- 28th September to 1st October 2013

Kate writes to inform us about this event:

In September 2013 the Rhodes Youth Forum will gather together more than 100 young people who are prone towards responsibility and constructive behavior in the current changes the contemporary world is undergoing. Debates with high level experts from various fields will touch on ways to keep a cultural identity in a multicultural society, to preserve traditional and non-material values, to actively participate in public and social life. The Forum is an attempt to think about global challenges by putting a young person in the center of all our activities.

Read more at Youth Time



The Artha Venture Challenge – Applications due by June 17th

The Artha Venture Challenge is a nationwide competition that aims to provide high risk, patient capital for early stage social ventures. Up to 15 winners will get the opportunity to apply for up to INR 25 lakh funding, if matched by at least the same amount in co-investment as well as several other non-financial resources to scale their enterprises. Applications are only open until June 17th .

Women Deliver 25: Social Enterprises That Deliver for Girls and Women

Every year, in honor of International Women’s Day, Women Deliver highlights the global progress being made for girls and women. This year, voters selected from a list of 25 social enterprises that are changing the lives of girls and women around the world by addressing issues of health, gender equality, education, environmental sustainability, and more. Women Deliver worked in partnership with Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs, to select these 25 social enterprises from the semifinalists of the Echoing Green Fellowship Program. Continue reading…    

Panama/Costa Rica Summer Institute in Social Entrepreneurship

The Sullivan Foundation Summer Institute in Social Entrepreneurship will be held in Panama and Costa Rica from June 19 – August 14, 2013, earning 9 credit hours. Join us and students from around the world for a transformative 8-week program that shapes future leaders and change agents! From June 19 until July 17 students will study in Panama City while engaging in service based learning. From July 18 through August 14, the students will live and learn in the rain forest community of Monteverde, Costa Rica, working in teams to assist social programs and applying social entrepreneurship skills. Students may qualify for partial tuition scholarships. Go to for more information and to apply.