BENEFITING: Saha Global
EVENT DATE: Jun 08, 2015
Hello! I am Tara Medrano and a recent college graduate. I have two very important passions, traveling and giving back to my community through service. I am going to embark on a trip to Ghana on June 9th for three weeks with Saha Global as a field representative. My job will be to introduce a clean water business into a rural Ghanian community, this will be done in four steps.
First, local women fetch water from their local surface water source, which is called a dugout and is usually fecally contaminated water. Then fill three 200-liter drums with the turbid dugout water. Next, they use alum to remove the particles from the water, leaving it clear. Alum is a coagulant, which causes suspended particles to clump together and sink. The women then scoop the clear, settled water from the 200-liter drums into a polytank. This tank is then disinfected with one chlorine tablet and stored. The women sell the clean drinking water to their community for a small fee; making enough revenue to cover the cost of running the business while earning a profit. Once the business is up and going and the field representatives have left, local women will be given the reigns and become self-empowered business women; entrepreneurs in their respected community.
This project has two important aims: 1) Provide safe and clean drinking water to rural Ghana communities that will be sustainable and successful indefinitely 2) Empower local women to become self-sustaining business women in their African community.
I have fallen in love with these two goals of Saha and have dedicated myself to becoming part of the process. I hope you can help me achieve my fundraising goal for my program start-up costs!