WaterDrop Shop: Selling Sandals to Build Clean Water Wells in Africa

Illinois State University senior Josh Weingart spent two months in the Turkana District of Kenya digging wells for clean water. Seeing firsthand the great need for clean water in this area, he founded WaterDrop Shop in September of 2012 to help build more wells. The startup has partnered with Maasai Treads, a Kenyan company that employs local artisans and workers to produce high-quality sandals made from recycled products such as old tires. The sandals are sold in the US, with the profits going towards African communities that need clean water.

WaterDrop Shop isn’t stopping in Africa, though; the seven-person company plans to expand into the Amazon and India in the next 10 years, as well as team up with more partners to help bring local crafts to the American market.

“Seeing how just one product with one purpose can go so far, I am excited about our potential,” says Weingart.

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