#FightInequality With Rains
Fighting Inequality by Rainwater Protection, Harvesting & Purification
We make rain safe for those leaving in big compounds as a means of availing plenty of low cost municipal water to those leaving in small compounds
Whenever we give toilets to teenage girls, we supply the girls with safepads, each of which last for 4 years
To reduce open defecation, we give toilets to the toilet-less. The toilets do not use water. The toilets manufacture fertilisers for its users.
We reduce open defecation to protect rain. This reduces pollution on the planet.
We harvest rainwater for/with the water starved. Water filters and other water cleaning technologies are employed in our harvesting
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
IDEA - Fighting inequality by rainwater protection, harvesting and purification.
WHAT THE PROJECT SOLVES - Discussing inequality, Kofi Annan recently said, “…From the boardrooms of Wall Street to the streets of Athens, there is a growing consensus that the current economic model is not fit for purpose. We are far from agreement though on what should replace it.….”
HOW DOES IT WORK - we #MakeWinners (out of the water starved and the toilet-less) because winners keep winning; an idea formally known as cumulative advantage, or the Matthew effect; which explains how those who start with an advantage relative to others can retain that advantage over long periods of time.
In other words, we increase number of winners – this is the only inequality related thing within our control. The rest of things, like pointing fingers at the winners, are, sadly, a waste of time.
See in attachment what our idea looks like in practice.
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
Winners, Losers and Planet benefit from our project, see images above.
Planet benefits from rainwater water purification, which businesses also benefit from
Businesses benefit from advertising for free on toilets, which the toilet-less also benefit from
Businesses benefit from advertising for free on rainwater harvesting tanks, which the water starved also benefit from
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
Our project is self-funding yet its beneficiaries, including businesses, don't spend anything extra to benefit from it.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
We protect, harvest and purify rainwater, see more details on
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.
Yes, we are a registered company.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
One of us studied civil engineering and worked with consulting engineering firm, supervising and managing civil works. One project involved road through an area with serious water problems. He saw that quarries left behind collected contaminated rainwater, this dirty water became the poor villagers’ best source of water.
He brought his engineering skills to bear on solving the pressing need for clean water close to home – rainwater protection and harvesting seemed the ideal solution.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
Peace between 'winners' and 'losers' results from relationship created between the two – winners see that they need the losers, losers see that they need the winners.
Both the winners and the losers prosper due to our project.
Planet gets less pollutions (from open defecations) and from plastic bottles.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
see attached document
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
Our project is self-funding, does not depend on donors
Africa, Asia and Bulgaria
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
Implementation of the project is on-going
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)