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$3,182 Total funding received

Using nature to provide clean water to everyone

Hilico has designed a simple and affordable method to collect, filter and store rainwater to provide clean drinking water for those without access to it. This portable, patent-pending device makes the most of the world’s most readily available resource: rain. It collects the rainwater using a leaf-like tarp and filters it twice, before storing in expandable jerry cans.

More than 700 million people around the world don’t have access to clean water and this number is growing quickly. Natural disasters leave thousands without clean water every year. Every minute, somewhere in the world, a child dies as a result of diseases spread by unsanitary water.

Our device weighs less than 700g, is environmentally friendly and provides an immediate solution to those in need. The system reduces illness and as a result, saves lives, money, time and means less people will use plastic bottles. We understand that we need to find ways to bridge the gap between technology and the people who really need it, and that’s what we’ve done with Hilico.

Funding will allow us to…

Launch our finished product in the market. We’ve created a prototype and tested in some of the poorest slums in the world, getting feedback and listening to the needs of these communities. We’re ready to start selling and helping today.

Funding will allow us to start manufacturing and distributing the device with the goal of helping millions.

A desk job is not my calling…

I’ve been always a person that goes to the extreme. My career as a photographer moved very quickly from the convenient studio to the jungles, deserts and hidden corners of the world. It was at those corners that I learned I could use my skills to help others and contribute to creating a better world.