Germany | In action since 2005
A call for help reached Enactus students at the University of Regensburg in Germany in June 2016. A priest pastoring in Kenya sought help in finding a solution to end waterborne diseases, which often are lethal to children. In response, our Enactus students developed Hydro Solution, a system that provides clean drinking water. Entrepreneurs manufacture water filters from locally sourced materials and educate the community on safe water consumption and storage. One filter can produce 50 liters of clean water each day and last for at least 10 years, with no chemicals needed. In 2017, the team anticipates providing 2,500 liters of safe drinking water per day with 50+ filters.
Impact(s): 3 water filter entrepreneurs; 575 people with new/improved access to safe and affordable drinking water; 90,000 liters of water safely reused
What’s next: The team anticipates a growth rate of 100 filters per year, providing 50,000 liters of safe drinking water per day under constant quality monitoring. Because the filter can be manufactured and placed in nearly every part of the world, the team also aims to expand into at least four other countries and is considering a franchise business model.
This project advances these key Global Goals:
Yvonne Schmid, Professor; Dr. Michael Dowling, Professor; Dr. Sean Patrick Sassmanshause
Volunteer hours invested in project:
Our proudest moment of the past year:
Winning the Enactus Startup Accelerator at Greentec Awards.
Biggest challenge from the past year:
Having a small team and trying to raise the funds for two projects in Kenya.
Team described in one word:
Nina says she always has been passionate about helping to end hardships and sickness. When she learned that Enactus teams based around the world work to find solutions to such problems, she says she had to get involved. Nina has been an active member of her team for three years and now serves as Team Leader and Project Manager of Hydro Solution. She says her greatest success to date has been creating a source of clean water for 560 children in only three weeks. She plans to graduate in September 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in social work.
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When he began his university studies, Alexander also sought to contribute to his community and find ways to grow by challenging himself. He says he found both in Enactus. Active with his team for two years, he now serves as Manager of team project Alfurat. While attending Enactus World Cup 2017 with his team, Alex says he hopes to see great innovations and glean new problem-solving methods. Majoring in computer science and economics, he plans to graduate in July 2018.
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