Gayatri Datar: Improving health and living conditions in Rwanda, one floor at a time

Gayatri Datar: Improving health and living conditions in Rwanda, one floor at a time

Imagine having to clean a dirt floor. I ask myself, is that even possible? Dirt is inherently dirty, so how can it be cleaned? Well, 80% of Rwandans face this challenge every day. To tackle this issue, Gayatri (Gaya) Datar is providing clean, durable, earthen floors to low-income Rwandans through her social enterprise start-up, EarthEnable.

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Dr. Rajiv Bhanot: Using smart tech to improve access to safe drinking water

Dr. Rajiv Bhanot: Using smart tech to improve access to safe drinking water

1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water that is contaminated by sewage and unsafe to drink¹. Approximately 3.5 million people die each year due to inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation².

Since launching H2GO in 2011, Dr. Rajiv Bhanot has brought clean drinking water to over 1.5 million people, and not just for one day, but for years. Here’s how he did it.

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Juan Vegh: Breaking down the barriers to social entrepreneurship in biotech

Juan Vegh: Breaking down the barriers to social entrepreneurship in biotech

In the biotechnology industry, there is a significant financial barrier to entry for entrepreneurs. On average, a start-up in biotech needs at least USD $3 million in initial investments in order to bring their product to the market. This prevents countless entrepreneurs from pursuing an idea, separating customers from potentially life-altering advancements in pharmaceuticals, food quality, and more. Through his social enterprise, STÄMM, Juan Vegh is trying to break down this barrier. He is working to democratize access to biotech.

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Lisa Wimberger: Is meditation the answer for those with post-traumatic stress?

On her fifteenth birthday, Lisa Wimberger was struck by lightning. For the next 15 years, she experienced unanticipated and sporadic periods of blackout, unconsciousness, and seizures. She leveraged common forms of meditation to cope with her symptoms. Despite her efforts, Lisa had a severe seizure during a routine doctor’s appointment when she was 30 years old. Her heart rate flatlined.

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Daniela Antonaccio and Gabriela Souto: Embedding mental health treatment into the community

Daniela Antonaccio and Gabriela Souto: Embedding mental health treatment into the community

Consider the state of mental health acceptance and treatment in your society. Is mental illness a stigmatized issue? Is it easy to afford treatment? Are individuals with depression, psychosis, bulimia or other illnesses just as likely to find work as people without mental illness? In many communities, both wealthy and poor, the answer to these questions is often “no.” There are many people throughout the world with mental illness or other disabilities that cannot afford full-time, in-patient treatment, but they need more support than basic outpatient treatment in order to recover and live healthy lives. Daniela (Dani) and Gabriela (Gaby), the co-founders of Rubicon Social, are working to find a creative solution that meets the needs of people with mental illness, even in impoverished neighborhoods.

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