Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cynthia Koenig - Providing Solution To "Water" Problem

Every family needs water to drink, make food, wash self and clothes, and perform other basic daily activities. Water is provided to us and we use it as per our needs. However, in many places, these water are carried by women and young girls in large vessels, which are quite heavy. Yes, water indeed is heavy. We do not know because we never really had to carry gallons of water on our shoulder and walk for miles. However, these unfortunate women have to face this difficulty, day in and day out, several times per day, carrying water and delivering them to several households, including their own.

The water, besides being heavy, may not always be safe to drink. Also, collection of water is time consuming, due to which it limits opportunities for other constructive activities such as education.

Cynthia Koenig comes up with a device to carry water that has been named as Wello. It is cylindrical in structure and can be rolled on the ground with a long handle attached to it. Wello is the result of an emphatic and extensive design process. It is convenient leading to benefits of 35 extra hours per week. It is ergonomic, durable, and ensures that water stays clean as it was meant to be. Its Matka shape is aesthetically pleasing and carries an affordable price tag of Rs 750 – 1000.

Cynthia and her team is also in a process of continuous innovation that would result in better filtration, drip irrigation, energy generation and advertising.

This is my official entry to "The Idea Caravan" contest organized by Indiblogger in association with Franklin Templeton Investments and TEDxGateway Mumbai. Franklin Templeton Investments partnered the TEDxGateway Mumbai in December 2012.


  1. This is a great endeavor. I truly admire this initiative which can help millions of female in rural india to lead a better life and use their spare time for other activities. Of course, the health benefit is a bonus.

    Good luck!

  2. We really take a lot of things for granted, don't we?It is a wonderful initiative but the cost still remains a factor. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring talk Amrit :)

  3. Wow that'll be a boon to so many people who spend so much of their time in worrying about water..
    initiatives like this should be promoted.