Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Sarah was one of 30 volunteers we trained to be health advocates in their village last April and within 3 months she had managed to train over 300 people. But in July she found herself in a different position. At a local health fair Sarah spoke to a woman about a man who had died the night before. The woman described the symptoms and Sarah recognized it instantly: cholera. Sarah began asking everyone she could find if anyone else in the community was sick. And she found them. Four more people were sick, one of which was a child only 8 years old. Sarah mobilized the Department of Public Health which sent ambulances out to Obino. One woman. Four lives saved. One outbreak halted before it could truly begin, saving at least a dozen more lives.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Our water projects bring water to 6,100 people. Through this project, we have trained 180 women in Kenya and 660 in the US in leadership, business development, storytelling and community outreach. We have 60 health advocate volunteers certified by the Kenyan government who have in turn trained over 2,000 in water, health, and sanitation issues.
Within 5 years we will directly ensure sustainable water access to over 150,000 through 10 communities, reducing disease rates in these communities by 50% and the number of hours women collect water by 15million annually. We expect women to make up a minimum of 25% of community leadership and over 75% of water leadership. And most importantly, we will serve as the 'proof point' necessary to shift how the industry approaches water access, shifting away from a technology-centric approach and fully integrating women at every stage, as leaders.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Our strategy for expansion is the scaling of our Catalyst program. In partnership with professors, we integrate our training into their curriculum to provide students skills in public speaking, marketing, leadership, etc. Putting these skills to action, students raise $500 through a crowdfunding campaign directly connecting to women. Scaling this program, we expand our impact and classes raise up to $10,000 each for water. Building our pipeline, we will spread through the hosting of pitch competitions that identify and support women entrepreneurs working in water and amplifying our message.