New York lady makes Indian village women’s life easy with technology
Cynthia Koenig, a young social entrepreneur from New York, lives with the desire to change the world. When she realised that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people in poor communities to transport water and it was named as WaterWheel.
Koenig’s WaterWheel allows people to roll water in a 50-liter container versus carrying it in 5 gallon (19 liter) jugs. Koenig estimates that the WaterWheel can save 35 hours of water transport time per week per person, as well as prevent the physical strain that comes from balancing 40 pounds of water on top of their heads for hours daily.
After receiving a $100,000 Grand Challenges Canada prize to develop the WaterWheel, Koenig founded a social enterprise company, Wello. The company is at an early stage of development and has been piloting the WaterWheel project in rural areas of India. Koenig also plans on continuing to make the WaterWheel more useful by adding in filtration, drip irrigation kits, even a cell phone charger that uses the energy created by the rotating wheel to charge the battery of the cell phone and give people more access to essentials such as communication and education.