WaterWalla's mission is to improve access to clean water by supporting social entrepreneurs and early stage ventures addressing this need. Our strategy is threefold: 1) develop a clean water resource network through online and offline platforms; 2) engage in research on rural and urban slum consumers as well as low-cost filtration technologies; 3) provide seed funding and incubation support to clean water entrepreneurs through our WaterWalla Fellows program.

The widespread adoption of water purification solutions requires two elements. The first is the development of filtration technologies from a user-centric design approach; the second is ensuring effective distribution through inclusive business models. Through our fellowship program, we encourage high-potential teams and entrepreneurs to adopt these approaches. Through our university partnerships, we engage in research oriented towards these goals. And through our resource-network, we draw on industry expertise and best practices....
WaterWalla's mission is to improve access to clean water by supporting social entrepreneurs and early stage ventures addressing this need. Our strategy is threefold: 1) develop a clean water resource network through online and offline platforms; 2) engage in research on rural and urban slum consumers as well as low-cost filtration technologies; 3) provide seed funding and incubation support to clean water entrepreneurs through our WaterWalla Fellows program.

The widespread adoption of water purification solutions requires two elements. The first is the development of filtration technologies from a user-centric design approach; the second is ensuring effective distribution through inclusive business models. Through our fellowship program, we encourage high-potential teams and entrepreneurs to adopt these approaches. Through our university partnerships, we engage in research oriented towards these goals. And through our resource-network, we draw on industry expertise and best practices.

We operate primarily in India and Sierra Leone, where we are engaged in various projects.

In Dharavi, we piloted a retail franchise model for distributing a portfolio of existing filtration technologies from Eureka Forbes, Bajaj and Medentech. Though the pilot, which was funded by Brown University's Global Entrepreneur Initiative and Suez Environnement Initiatives, did not achieve scale, we learned that for urban slum consumers, existing products for water purification miss the mark on affordability, user acceptability or both. We also learned about the importance of local women's networks as a key element of inclusive business. Today, in partnership with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Koc University Global Aid, we are designing a low-cost filtration device that will address these needs. In the month of August, we will prototype and test the device in Dharavi.

Through our Fellowship program, we have seed funded and incubated a for-profit social enterprise called Centre for Social Consulting. They developed a low-cost, portable filtration device for arsenic mitigation, which is designed to attach to handpumps and operate without electricity.

In Sierra Leone, we launched clean water projects in several communities, in partnership with Geoff Palm and the government Director of Hospitals and Labs. Using the "Avon" female distributor model to promote Medentech's Aquatabs, we have had sustainable operations over a year and hope to expand the pilot.
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