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Educating Social Entrepreneurs, Volume II by Maria Aggestam, Paul Miesing

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CHAPTER 38

Gongali Nano Filter for Rural Water Purification

Ahmad Kipacha

Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology

Overview

This case narrates a story of a young rural dweller turned mechanical engineering innovator, Askwar Hilonga from Gongali village in Karatu district, an inventor of customizable low-cost water nanofilters for purifying drinking water at point of use for an underserved community in northern Tanzania. His community and family regularly suffered from preventable waterborne diseases at Gongali village in rural Tanzania. Thus, having obtained a PhD in nanotechnology in South Korea with the potential to create a sustainable and affordable nonofilter business for water purification, Hilonga and his wife Ruth, an MBA graduate ...

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