Time Poverty: Women and Girls Work Too Hard to Generate Income

By |September 24th, 2015|cellphones, efficient cooking, female farmers, income generation, solar powered appliances, The Gambia, Water|

This blogpost was written for a favorite blog of mine, Dr. Linda Scott’s DoubleXEconomy. Technology has the power to help impoverished women in low-resource areas radically increase their productivity and escape poverty. This is precisely what happened over the last century in the developed world: the innovations of household electricity and running water unleashed a parade of labor-saving devices. […]

Meeting Up with the Founder of Rainsaucers – Tom Spargo

By |June 3rd, 2015|Dining For Women, guatemala, WASH, Water|

  Rainsaucers has tested their design in Guatemala, where it was well-received. Tom Spargo, founder of Rainsaucers, an innovative design for rainwater harvesting useful both in the USA and in the developing world, joined us at Castro Valley’s Dining For Women book event. Here is what Tom shared on the Rainsaucers blog: “It’s easy to lose focus when you run a busy startup.  Sometimes you need to be reminded about why you started in the first place. […]

Treadle Pumps: Less Work, More Water

By |January 28th, 2015|irrigation, Nepal, Water|

Photo: Practical Action's work in Nepal.Yes, treadle pumps look like elliptical trainers. They replace hand-cranked pumps, taking advantage of the [...]

Awaiting a Laundry Breakthrough…

By |January 20th, 2015|WASH, Water|

Women still do laundry in the developing world by hand, in tubs with washboards, or in streams and lakes. Remarkably [...]

EcoSan – Reclaiming Value from Waste

By |January 11th, 2015|biodigesters, ecosan, WASH, Water|

A young lady in a hurry to get to the nearest Sanergy eco-toilet!Photo: SanergyEco-San, short for ecological sanitation, safely sequesters [...]

PeePoos: Biodegradable Portable Toilet Bags

By |January 10th, 2015|Kibera, WASH, Water|

Photo: PeePoople/ Camilla WirseenAbout 2.4 billion people don't have flush toilets or access to public facilities. The hygiene challenge is [...]

Solar-Powered Water Desalination

By |January 8th, 2015|solar, solar powered appliances, Water|

Italian designer Gabriele Diamanti has been working on his open source Eliodomestico Solar Water Desalinator for quite a few years. [...]

Ceramic Water Filtration

By |January 7th, 2015|guatemala, Water|

Water filtration has been championed by Potters For Peace, who have set up local factories around the world. Tucked inside [...]

Solvatten: Deluxe SODIS designed by Dr. Petra Wadstrom

By |January 6th, 2015|SODIS, Water|

Swedish inventor/scientist Petra Wadstrom has been refining her design, the Solvatten, for years. What she has created is essentially a [...]

SODIS Indicator: Building Confidence

By |January 5th, 2015|SODIS, Water|

Helioz, an attachment for SODIS bottles which measures readiness.SODIS, solar water disinfection, uses just free sun and cleaned plastic bottles. [...]