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SPOUTS of Water


Providing clean drinking water in Uganda by locally manufacturing affordable and effective ceramic water filters.

$2,850 Raised out of $3,000
-546 Days Remaining

What is the urgent social or environmental need you are addressing?

Traditional aid models deliver short-term solutions, often, for free that have failed in many ways. These models too heavily rely on precarious outside funding, tend to carry organizational inefficiencies, eventually gravitate to work that can appeal to donors, and lack sustainability.


What is your solution to this need? Describe your business strategy

SPOUTS manufactures and supplies an affordable ceramic water filter that is made with local resources and materials easily found in Uganda. SPOUTS filter is affordable, easy to use and maintain and most importantly reduces the spread of waterborne diseases.


Convince us it will work. What milestones have you achieved?

The biggest advantage SPOUTS filters have over other household filter products is the low price. SPOUTS aims to eliminate problems caused by unsustainable water solutions by providing a strictly business approach to improve access to clean water. Since founding in 2012, SPOUTS has sold over 400 filters through 3 NGO partners and have installed a large-scale filter in a public institution, giving approximately 3,500 people access to clean drinking water.


About John Kye

With a background in economics, John makes optimal business models and looks for ways for SPOUTS to grow as a company.

About Kathy Ku

Kathy is a co-founder of SPOUTS. With a background in engineering and global health, She oversees day-to-day operations as well as planning for the long-term development of SPOUTS with John. Kathy has extensive experiences in the clean water space, from her time with Harvard College Engineers Without Border delivering clean water access in the Dominican Republic. Kathy also has Master's degree in Engineering and is applying those skills for SPOUTS.

Why is your team uniquely qualified to run this venture?

Kathy and John form a complementary relationship that forms much synergy. Kathy, having an extensive background in engineering, brings much technical expertise to their project and leads an air-tight operation. John has a background in economics make optimal business models and look for ways to grow as a company. Moreover, both founders have extensive working experiences in Uganda over the past three years and understand social and economic dynamics of Uganda thoroughly.