10 Days Without Spending Any Money

Day 7…

3 Indian women carrying water

  • On average, I work 43 hours a week and most of the time I hit 46 hours a week. How many hours do you work a week?
  • On average, women in developing countries spend 15-20 hours a week collecting water, which is sometimes up to 7 miles away. What if we all had to spend 15-20 hours a week collecting water? What would happen to productivity in the office?

Imagine for a moment, that you are an entrepeneur with a six-month-old business. You are blown away by the demand for your product, and you are excited to hire your first employee. As the interview gets underway, you get even more excited because this gal is everything you have ever wanted in a product manager. She’s smart, cuts cost, and has great new ideas for expansion. You finally get down to the job offer, and she accepts gladly. But then she informs you that she will only be able to work 20 – 25 hours a week because she has to use the rest of the time to collect water for her family. Would you hire her?

Think about all of the hours that are lost collecting water that may or may not be clean. Think about the fact that those women are putting all of that work into collecting water that could make them sick. The water crisis is a women’s issue and an economic issue — but we can do something about it.


Our goal is to raise $2,000 for a water rehab in Haiti. This means bringing clean, safe water to an entire community! No more 15-20 hours of collecting water, no more walking 7 miles for contaminated water. The real deal, real close to home. Remember, we have a matching gift of $2,000 pledged, which means every $1.00 you donate will actually provide water for 2 different people in 2012! You can donate by clicking here.

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