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Saudah Birungi

Tusafishe
Sector
Health
Year Selected
2019
Age at Selection
22
Country
Uganda

In 2012, Saudah lost her brother to diarrhoea due to the lack of access to clean water in school. She had just graduated from high school and had to drop out unable to pay her school fees. It was then, that she vowed to make sure school children, homes and communities like hers had access to clean water.

In 2014, she teamed up with a water engineer and plumber to start crafting the idea of providing large amounts of clean water to schools.

Saudah co-founded Tusafishe which is an enterprise that constructs water filters using locally available materials for students in rural schools and their homes to provide them with safe drinking water. The project trains the students in the technology so that they can maintain their school filters and enables them to replicate it in their communities. They can use them as a source of income for themselves but if they cannot afford filters from Tusafishse, they can construct one for themselves using locally available materials.

Through the help of the Social Innovation Academy developed a biological filter using finely ground granite and moringa seed powder as the main medium of purification. Combining three natural processes, the filter eliminates up to 99% of pathogens and 100% of sediment in the water making it safe and clean for human consumption.

Media & Milestones

2019

Anzisha Prize announces top 20 young African entrepreneurs of 2019 in running for $25k prize

16/09/2019

Meet Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs whose ideas are re-imagining the future of the continent. After months of searching the African continent, the Anzisha Prize has unveiled its top 20 finalists for 2019.

Two Ugandans in race for $25,000 Anzisha prize

new vision

16/09/2019

Two young Ugandan women have made it to the shortlist for the 2019 Anzisha Prize, which recognizes Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs with inspiring business ideas.

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