Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Through Access to Water in Ghana

April 13, 2015 10:13 PM

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Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Through Access to Water in Ghana

When I first started Saha Global almost seven years ago, my goal was to provide clean drinking water to a rural community in the Northern Region of Ghana. The mission was clear, specific and solely focused on water. I was a graduate student at MIT and had received some funding from the Public Service Center for a summer project. My friend and I came up with the idea for a locally-run community water business and thought that it would probably be best for a woman to manage the businesses since, in Ghana, women knew water. Women collected water, managed the water in the home, and made all water-related decisions for their families.

We implemented our student project in the community of Kasaligu and trained a woman named Fati how to treat contaminated water from her village's source. She used simple, locally available technology to make the water safe to drink and then started a business selling the clean water. The idea was a ...

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