PAANI: Women making a difference in the world

Two women filtering water
PAANI co-founders Nikita Chatterjee (left) and Brianna Howard (right)

In celebration of March as Women’s History Month, we’re proud to feature Nikita Chatterjee ’20 and Brianna Howard ’20 G’21, two female founders who are making impact on global scale.  You can help the founders of PAANI by subscribing to “Impact in Your Inbox” PAANI’s newsletter that adds a little social impact to your inbox each quarter.

Chatterjee and Howard created PAANI working with Invent@SU and the Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars at Syracuse University.  They just completed a prestigious LaunchPad fellowship and were selected for a selective IFundWomen grant for their innovative, yet culturally appropriate solution to the water crisis in the South Asian diaspora. Their unique invention is a multi-layered water filtration system using a sari, a traditional drape of Hindu women, now frequently worn by women of other groups in the southeast Asia subcontinent including  India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

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PAANI has been working hard to finalize its first product and are excited to share it.  Social innovation is at the forefront of solving some of the world’s most pressing problems, including the lack of access to clean drinking water.

“We understand that first world solutions do not always work in developing countries, so we have enhanced a method of water filtration that women in India have been using for generations,” says Chatterjee.

To learn more, check out PAANI’s Instagram @paanisolutions, as well as the newly redesigned website. Join Chatterjee and Howard on their journey to provide an affordable, adaptable, and traditional water filter to underserved communities in India – all while empowering women to be the change-agents for the health of themselves, their families and their community!

The first newsletter was released on March 1st to kick off Women’s History Month. 

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