Clean Water to Save Lives Globally One Filter at a Time

Ning Jiang is a PhD student at UCSB, originally from China who is researching on microbiology and water quality and specifically how fecal bacteria survive outside the gut when excreted in natural aquatic environments. She is developing a bio-sand water filter in collaboration with Safewater International in order to help save thousands of lives of people living in extreme poverty .

Her sustainable, bio sand filter will not only improve the health of thousands of people by providing clean water, it also has the capacity to build enterprise for the local recipients of the filter. It combines sand, gravel, an “army” of bacteria that is naturally introduced into the filter system as water is poured through, and nano-silver to further combat bacteria as it is filtered and captured in the vessel collecting the filtered water. Due to its need for maintenance, education and training are a part of the project as well as the opportunity to help locals build enterprise based on the water filter.

Ning’s project is part of the SciFund Challenge project, a crowd funding website where scientists from around the world are discussing their research projects, teaching the public and gaining funding for continuing their important work. ScFund utilizes RocketHub as it’s crowdfunding portal, and Ning’s project is listed as Save Lives One Filter at a Time.

To learn more about the project and get resources to participate, click here.

About Robin Eschler

Robin L. Eschler, the founder of Social Impact Marketing, started her career in developing foundational marketing strategies for companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 to individual entrepreneurs and local businesses. She has developed and implemented international campaigns to launch high tech products and services and guided new business owners to successfully navigate the difficulties of growing a business.

Her life-long passion for helping others led her into nonprofit work for over a decade. Early on, she recognized the need for nonprofits to adapt to a rapidly changing world in which technology dominates and for-profit business practices are central to success. Her determination to help social causes in a sustainable way led to her creation of the Women’s Radio show Socially Conscious Investing.

Impact investing in for-profits with a mission of social change such as the fight against extreme poverty is a blossoming business sector around the world. With the economic decline, it’s clear that Wall Street requires change. Social impact investing addresses that need in a way that provides financial and social ROI.

As the Host of Socially Conscious Investing on WomensRadio, Robin’s goal is to educate people about the growth of social impact investing and social venture. Interviews are conducted with socially conscious business experts including foundations and nonprofits, social venture investment firms, micro-loan organizations, investors, educators, authors and social entrepreneurs.

This show’s mission is to help change the world through sustainable business practices that contribute to the economy, combat poverty, end hunger and provide better lives to all.

Twice, Robin has been recognized and received the highest honorary award that Rotary International gives, the Paul Harris Award, for service above self. Her community work has included developing local programs for disadvantaged populations such as foster children, troubled teens, and people with disabilities.

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