Water & Hygiene

Water is essential to life. Unfortunately, it is estimated that 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services.[1] Furthermore, about 297,000 children under the age of 5 die every year from diarrheal disease related to unsafe drinking water conditions, poor hygiene, or poor sanitation.[2] It is the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”[3] Water and sanitation are fundamental elements for improved health, education, and economic prosperity for people across the globe. Additionally, sanitary products are essential for people the world over, however, it’s not just about hygiene. With sanitary products, sales and revenue can be generated, resulting in a positive ripple effect for entrepreneurs in developing regions.

empowering people. Network aims to identify and support innovative technologies and organizations that work to solve basic water & hygiene problems around the world. See some of the most promising entrepreneurs, and their enterprises, focused on this sector in the database below.


[1] Water, Global Issues. United Nations. https://www.un.org/en/global-issues/water. Retrieved: January 15, 2021.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ibid.

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    Access to clean drinking water and/or a dignified sanitation system is a daily challenge for millions of people.
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