How a Toilet Changed Our Alumna’s Life.

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Jasmine Burton has amassed a large number of frequent flyer miles since being a part of the 2014 InVenture Prize-winning team.

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Jasmine Burton has amassed a large number of frequent flyer miles since being a part of the 2014 InVenture Prize-winning team. Her new, jetset lifestyle is all thanks to the safichoo toilet – she travels the world promoting the team’s design that addresses WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) related diseases in developing countries.  

The toilet inspired her start-up company, Wish for WASH, LLC. Through Wish for WASH, Burton “seeks to bring innovation to sanitation,” by developing toilet systems that solve specific problems related to cultural contexts, sustainability, distribution and funding. 

In the summer of 2014, she and her team participated in a multi-agency pilot to assess toilet designs in a refugee camp in northern Kenya.  In 2016, they plan to launch a beta pilot in Lusaka, Zambia which is where Jasmine is currently living as a Global Health Corps fellow.

Together with her entrepreneurial interest in sanitation projects, her overarching motivation as a designer is to make a lasting, humanitarian impact on improving the world.  

“In a world suffering from extreme poverty, malnutrition, violence, and inequity,” Jasmine said, “we need more doers, creators, and makers working in this space in tandem with the policy makers, international development officers, and business professionals to create holistic and interdisciplinary solution to more effectively make sustainable changes.” 

Read more about her journey in a recent article in the Huffington Post.

She is currently raising money for the Zambia project through her Wish for WASH (W4W) campaign on INDIEGOGO.

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  • Created By: Ieva Mikolaviciute
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  • Created On: Nov 15, 2015 - 3:07pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:19pm