Mr. Phumee is 36 years old and has one wife and three children between the ages of 17 and 6 months. He is the village chief for his village, but is also a sticky rice farmer and he raises livestock. His village takes water from a well and from the local streams. The water in this area is dirty and unsuitable for drinking without treatment. The nearby villages also suffer from dirty and unsafe drinking water. Most families report a threefold reduction in diarrhea after they begin using the filter; this is because the filter removes bacteria and other water borne diseases. Mr. Phumee earns a small commission from the sale of each water filter, which he will use to care for his children and to send each of them to school. Mr. Phumee is expecting to sell 20 filters each month; providing clean water to an average of 100 people each month. Mr. Phumee is very enthusiastic about the opportunity to help his neighbors and fellow villagers improve their health through the provision of uncontaminated water.
TerraClear is a for-profit social enterprise that focuses on overcoming barriers to clean water in Laos through the production and distribution of ceramic water purifiers. TerraClear sells water purifiers throughout the country and aims to give low-income communities increased access to the product.
TerraClear’s ceramic water filter has been thoroughly tested and proven effective in treating water from a variety of sources.