23-year-old Vincent Loka of Indonesia is one of the three founding partners of WateROAM, a social enterprise developing water filtration solutions that bring rapid access to clean drinking water in disaster-hit locations. One such solution is Fieldtrade Lite, a product that fits easily into a backpack and can filter dirty river water within minutes.
“We are committed to bringing clean water to people everywhere,” says Vincent, which is why he and two co-founders, all in their early twenties, launched WateROAM— a water innovation enterprise championing the vision of a world without prolonged thirst. WateROAM is developing water filtration solutions that bring about the quickest access to clean drinking water at disaster-hit locations, and helping to promote social change in rural areas. “I lead the engineering team to develop filtration systems that are simple, affordable, durable and portable,” says Vincent. “We realized that these four pillars are critical when it comes to getting water solutions to the people on the ground.” One of these solutions, otherwise known as Fieldtrade Lite, fits easily into a backpack and can filter dirty river water within minutes. The impact has been significant. In 2015 alone, WateROAM’s filtration systems provided drinkable water for thousands of the victims of the earthquake in Nepal, Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and the floods in Myanmar. “WateROAM also supplies the filters to non-profit organizations that deliver them as part of their disaster-relief work. Vincent and his team are committed to continuing this work to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 on clean water and sanitation.