Innovative entrepreneurs are solving global social issues concerning hygiene, household sanitation and wastewater
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ — The Lemelson Foundation and Ashoka: Innovators for the Public have recognized and supported five Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows whose innovative business models meet sanitation needs at the local, national or global level. The Fellows — Isaac Durojaiye (Nigeria), Sameh Ghali (Egypt), Agus Gunarto (Indonesia), Juan Carlos Calizaya Luna (Peru) and Jack Sim (Singapore) — underscore the United Nations (U.N.) Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve the 2.6 billion people worldwide who lack basic sanitation by 2015.
“Several Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows are working diligently to support the U.N.’s goal-to provide an additional 1.6 billion people with sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015,” said Julia Novy-Hildesley, Executive Director of the Lemelson Foundation:
Isaac Durojaiye (Nigeria) and his company — Dignified Mobile Toilets (DMT) — has provided thousands of clean, low-cost public toilets in Nigeria while providing jobs and empowering women and young men who struggle with high rates of unemployment.