In 2010, I was inspired to confront sanitation inequality after learning that close to 23% of India’s pubescent girls drop out of school due to lack of toilet access. Three years later, my senior design team developed a the SafiChoo toilet and in 2014 we won the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize Competition, the largest undergraduate invention competition in the United States. The winnings from this prize enabled my team and I to pilot the SafiChoo toilet in the Kakuma refugee camp last summer under the auspices of Sanivation and in tandem with the CDC and the Norwegian Refugee Council. I have since founded Wish for WASH (W4W) as a social startup to house the development of the SafiChoo toilet. The most recent iteration of the SafiChoo toilet was piloted in a peri-urban compound in Lusaka, Zambia in tandem with WSUP + local authorities. All project stakeholders are interested in scaling the SafiChoo toilet to test its market viability.
The first time I met Jasmine, her interest in public health design, toilets, and changing the world for the better were very apparent, and she is well on her way to bringing her dream to a reality. Her passion is truly inspiring!
Easily one of the most compassionate, driven, and talented people I've had the pleasure to know! Jasmine is on the path to do tremendous things, and I cannot wait to see the positive impact that Safi Choo Toilets and Jasmine will have on the world!