Sanitation in some developing countries remains a major health and environmental challenge. The rural areas, being remote and underdeveloped in terms of social amenities like sewage system are worst affected.
Well, a group of women in Kenya has set out to mitigate this situation. Dubbed Project Digniti, these women have set out to improve sanitation across schools located in rural areas in Kenya. Recently, their work got international recognition and awarded undisclosed money as seed funding by TechWomen.
TechWomen is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. TechWomen is geared to highlight outstanding women in STEM from emerging economies across Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia.
TechWomen also creates a networking platform for women from emerging economies to interact and network with fellow professional women from the U.S. A move geared towards establishing professional mentorship and exchange programs between the two groups of women.
TechWomen also support outstanding women who have demonstrated leadership and positive influence in any fields of STEM by giving them access to opportunities to advance their careers and dreams.
The participants in the program are also taken through a five-week program where they engage in project-based mentorships at big tech companies in Silicon Valley. They also attend workshops and networking events across the San Francisco Bay Area and even get to travel out to Washington D.C.