Gretchen Steidle was first inspired at age 9 to work on poverty when her family lived for two years in the Philippines. After a journey to South Africa led her to witness the courage and ideas of grassroots women, she launched Global Grassroots' work in 2006 with HIV+ genocide widows and sexual violence survivors in Rwanda. She has an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She was honored by World Business Magazine & Shell as one of the top International 35 Women Under 35 and one of seven Remarkable Women of the World by NH Magazine.
Thank you all! Yes, we see water as a human right and the mechanism by which women step into their leadership capacity, shift gender relations, protect the vulnerable, ensure girls go to school, end disease, and eliminate violence. Investing in women who design and lead water access points for their community is one of the most effective interventions for so many other needs, and it ensures women get to direct how those needs are met too.
I'm fascinated with your water technology and would like to learn more about your distribution method. It sounds like you would build a big water plant. Then how is the water sold and who manages the operations and sales? Is it set up as a government municipal water infrastructure project, or are there village level plants that are managed locally? I'm also curious to know more about the capital cost and time for construction. We are looking for solutions that might be viable in Uganda and would love to know more.