Category: Water

Water and guns for good

The Motley Fool recently had an opportunity to chat with social entrepreneur Peter Thum. Thum is the founder of Ethos Water, which was sold to Starbucks in 2005. He also co-founded Fonderie 47, an organization that takes assault rifles from…

In India, latrines are lifesavers

Chandramani Jani in front of a public awareness mural about toilets and sanitation by her home in Chakarliguda.  Credit Vivekananda Nemana The mural on the wall outside of Chandramani Jani’s home is more message than art. It depicts a sari-clad woman…

Companies doing Unreasonable good

As a most unusual meet-up of investors and entrepreneurs, it could have been called “Doing Good Meets Business Discipline” or maybe “Non-profit Goes For-Profit.” With uncharacteristic understatement, the event sponsor, Unreasonable Institute, of Boulder, CO, chose to call it merely…

Vestergaard’s water mission

I am in Kenya this week following the activities of Vestergaard, a rather remarkable mission-driven company that first came to my attention when they invited me to Africa — at their expense — to tour their operation. They operate at the…

Investing to make a difference

 David Keller has 10 percent of his wealth in  investments intended to generate a benefit to society or the environment. Credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times  IF there is a traditional path to becoming an impact investor, it is the one…

Sensors warn when water pumps fail

Sensors are being used in everything from remotely monitoring cracks in bridges to playing with your pet while you’re at work. So why not apply them to improving the lives of struggling people in under-developed countries by, say,  providing access to…

Impact investing in francophone Africa

Issam Chleuh is the 27-year-old Malian national and founder of the Africa Impact Group, an advisory, research, data and news service provider that specialises in impact investing in francophone Africa. Impact investing refers to investments made into companies or funds…

To unleash India’s potential

Technology will pave the way to happiness and prosperity. (Sanjeev Gupta/EPA) By Vivek Wadhwa Indians are fed up with government inaction and corruption.  They want accountability, better education for their children, improved health care, and economic prosperity.  And they want…

Clean water for India

Spring Health, our rapidly scalable safe drinking water company designed to go global, has now started its commercial rollout in India by recruiting and training 90 new full-time staff, and expanding from 35 villages to 105 villages in three months.…

Water scarcity creates needs for investment

Interview with Will Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte From Fortune Brainstorm Green to SXSW Eco and beyond, Will Sarni is one of world’s most sought-after speakers on global water and sustainability issues — and with good reason. Author of Corporate Water…

Tackling India’s sanitation problem

Nagaraja Prakasam is an Acumen India Partner and an independent Director at GUARDIAN. He is also a full-time angel investor and recently founded the Impact arm of the Indian Angel Network.  New data released by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) earlier this year has once again underlined the woeful state of sanitation in India, […]

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