Hello everyone! My name is Abby Ismail and I'm currently a junior studying Civil Engineering and International Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. During the summer of 2016, I was a Field Representative for Saha Global, where I was on a team of five that established a water treatment business run by local women in the village of Changbuni in northern Ghana. The photos above show Adamu, Salima, Salamatu, and Adishei, the women who run the water treatment business in Changbuni, as well as the dugout, the contaminated water source where the village previously retrieved all of its drinking water. Villages throughout northern Ghana rely on similar sources for drinking water, but Saha Global is trying to change that!
This summer, I am returning to Ghana to work as a Field Representative and establish another water treatment business in a new village! The village, the entrepreneurs, and the experience will be different, but the results will be the same: clean drinking water and economic empowerment for an entire community.
Saha Global is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that partners with rural communities in developing countries to establish sustainable social businesses that provide basic services, like water and electricity. These businesses are owned and operated by women in the communities that they serve. The capital necessary to establish these businesses is generated from fundraising activities. Once operational, all of the profit from the business remains within the community.
100% of the 114 water and solar businesses created by Saha Global in the past are still in operation and completely run by local entrepreneurs in the community.
The funds raised by myself and other Field Representatives will go directly towards the start-up cost of a village’s new business. This includes equipment for the business, such as large drums to hold the water, chlorine tablets, taps, etc., as well as a safe storage container for each household in the community to prevent recontamination.
For $12, you can provide one person with clean water for life.
For $20, you can support the purchase of water storage containers for two households. These containers have lids and a tap to prevent recontamination of the water once it has been purchased from the treatment center.
For $50, you can support the purchase of particle removal storage drums for the treatment center. These are where water from the dugout is stored during the first stage, where it is treated with aluminum sulfate to remove particles.
For $150, you can support the purchase of a 1400L clean water storage tank. This is where water is transferred after the particle removal stage. In this tank, it is treated with chlorine, then stored for purchase.
Any donation, like, or share is greatly appreciated! Thank you! Since Saha Global is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, all donations are tax-deductible. If you would prefer to make an offline donation, you can send a check made out to 'Saha Global' (with "Abby Ismail" on the memo line) to:
PO Box 225342
San Francisco, CA 94122-5342