NEW YORK – A cross-sector coalition of partners will
The diverse group of partners will work with local governments and NGOs to develop, deploy and operate EKOCENTERs in some of the world’s most distressed areas, enabling the delivery of 500 million liters of safe drinking water and basic necessities while promoting local development in communities that need it most.
“This is the beginning of a journey,” Kent said alongside leaders from the partner organizations. “We have a lot more to do, but we are taking action.”
All EKOCENTER kiosks – which are produced from 20-ft. shipping containers – will include a Slingshot water unit. The self-sustaining, off-the-grid community centers and retail outlets also will offer locally relevant products, services and resources including mobile phone-charging stations, Internet connectivity, refrigerated vaccination storage, health education, household items, food and beverages.
Each “downtown in a box” will be run by a local female entrepreneur who will receive business skills training through Coke’s 5by20 program.
“The economic benefits to those that will run EKOCENTERs will enrich countless others,” Kent added.
The partners, all leaders in their respective industries, will bring complementary skills and expertise – from supply chain logistics, to solar energy, to wireless communications, to funding and implementation – to help optimize and scale the EKOCENTER concept. Read the press release for more details.
Dean Kamen, CEO of DEKA R&D and Slingshot inventor, explained how Coke's leadership and proven ability to execute inspired the partners to collectively tackle the "Goliath problem of bad water."
“We're getting enough of a coalition together that this idea is becoming a reality," Kamen said. "And like a lot of new ideas that go from indefensible to indispensable once visionary leaders get behind them, this little machine has the potential, in a relatively short time, to transform the number-one health problem of today into a problem of the past.”
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