What makes us different is what we call our social enterprise approach to developing solutions that address the global water crisis. This approach utilizes partnership along with 'Business DNA'—business thinking, principals and methods—rather than a 'charity' model to tackle water challenges. We hire, train and grow entrepreneurs in the communities we serve, helping them develop their own businesses for the water maintenance and distribution. And we call on the technology and research being developed at leading universities to help us develop water solutions that will support people for years to come.
We look for countries that have a good measure of social and political stability, and for countries that are working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN.
We're facing a global water crisis. Currently, 1.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. By 2025, 800 million people will live in areas with absolute water scarcity, and by 2050, India will have exhausted its fresh water supply. It's critical that we take steps now to build both rural and urban water infrastructure and work to conserve and better use what we have.
We work with business partners, government agencies, faith communities, universities and individuals to bring real, lasting solutions to the global water crisis. We provide access to water throughout India, Africa, and more countries using a social enterprise approach, then help local entrepreneurs establish their own businesses to provide the water maintenance and distribution.