Water droplets. As tranquil as they might sound to some, these droplets suggest a stormy powerful stance – staying healthy and alive. These molecules of life are essential to the survival of people all over the world. However, the quality of that water is of equal importance. While it is hardly a concern for the privileged, the same can’t be said for around 40 million people in Bangladesh. Approximately 3.2 million people do not have access to clean drinking water. Hence, it’s causing a major public health challenge. Due to this huge necessity, Shishir Water was founded as a social business to provide clean and safe drinking water for the disadvantaged communities in Bangladesh. Shishir Water collects, purifies, and delivers water at $0.006 a liter to the doorsteps of people who could not otherwise have access to clean water.
This social intention was built when Shazeeb M Khairul Islam, conversed with his mentor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Professor Muhammad Yunus, about the incumbent social issues that Bangladesh is facing and how the country’s young people can come up with solutions to solve them. Speaking on a personal level, Mr. Shazeeb confided his altruistic connection to two issues – water security and agriculture.
Right after his graduation, in an attempt to commemorate the notion of social businesses, he formed YY Goshti which deals with supporting early stage social entrepreneurs, to come up with ideas in order to solve pressing global issues by bolstering their very own social businesses.