Sophia Sunwoo, CEO and Co-Founder of Water Collective, is tackling a crucial issue in a unique way. Reliable water sources in sub-Saharan Africa have been dropping dramatically in recent years. The handpumps and wells that communities relied on have been damaged or broken with ongoing use. As a result, an estimated 70 million people in Africa are now without safe drinking water. By working closely with affected communities, Sophia hopes to create lasting solutions to water access issues through strong community involvement.
Water Collective is creating water independence in sub-Saharan Africa by involving locals in every step of the process, from making sure there is a strong community bond, locally sourcing the funds for each project, and involving the broader community in the construction and care of the water system. Water Collective’s dual goal of water independence and local economic empowerment is seen in its water, economy, education, strategy that creates completely self-sufficient and water independent communities.
Water Collective is striving to bring water independence to 3 million people in India and sub-Saharan Africa. By helping communities use local resources to maintain their water sources, Sophia is fighting extreme poverty by providing the skills and opportunities for empowerment.