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The 2016 Global Social Venture Competition

Priya Haji Memorial Award/Challenger Round: KOPO (USA)

Priya Haji Memorial Award/Challenger Round: KOPO (USA)

For the first time ever, the GSVC Global Finals were held in Bangkok, Thailand. It was an amazing weekend that brought together tomorrow's social entrepreneurs with innovative mission-driven companies and leading industry experts. 

The Priya Haji Memorial Award honors the memory and spirit of Priya Haji —a dynamic serial social entrepreneur who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 2014. Priya was a 2003 UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business graduate, a winner of the 2005 Global Social Venture Competition, and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

 

Kopo Potential in Rwanda

In the village of Rukumbeli, Rwanda, children collect water in the morning before school and take it with them to school.  Then at lunch they take the water home, eat lunch, then collect more water when they are returning to school.  They again take the water to school and leave it while they study, then at the end of the day they carry it home.  

Rwandan water worker Christelle Kwizera said the Kopo can would fit seamlessly into this process.  She suggested building a frame outside for the children to set full Kopo cans flat in the sun then pick them up after their studies are finished. Students could then bring home purified water to be used by the family without significant changes to their current practices. 

One of Kopo'g goals is to learn about the existing systems that people have in place for gathering water. We want to ensure that our product is something that is adaptable and sustainable. To help us better understand the cultural and physical situation of customers, we sent two of our team members to various villages and aid organizations in East Africa.