“Because #Everybody Poops…”
Who I am: My name is Jasmine Kaila, which means Flower Princess in Hawaiian. This is the name through which my life strives and blossoms. As a Georgia Tech graduate, industrial designer and a passioneer by trait, I seek to use my creativity to make the world smile.
What I do: I empower and inspire as a creative humanitarian activist. Specifically, I am the Founder and President of Wish for WASH, LLC, and I design toilets because #everybodypoops.
Tell us more about yourself: In 2014, my senior design team won the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize Competition, the largest undergraduate invention competition in the United States, for our design of an inexpensive mobile toilet, SafiChoo. This year, I am serving as Global Health Corps Fellow in Lusaka, Zambia and am working as a design specialist at the Society for Family Health, an organization that specializes in reproductive health and family planning. I identify as a humanitarian design activist.
How my venture works: Wish for WASH, LLC is an organization that works to bring innovation to sanitation in developing regions, specifically refugee communities. The SafiChoo toilet, Wish for WASH’ s first line of sanitation relief products, is a novel system that offers users a hygienic and ergonomic experience enabled by the sit-squat toilet seat and the manual bidet. Wish for WASH is currently being piloted in Atlanta in collaboration with the Global Growers Network, a nonprofit providing garden space for resettled refugees in need of a sustainable and waterless toilet that meets Georgia’ s zoning regulations. This partnership enables Wish for WASH to iterate the toilet design as well as quantitatively capture the health benefits provided by this sanitation solution. We are currently fundraising to help support our team as well as material and manufacturing costs (www.wishforwash.com).
Why I decided to reinvent the toilet: In 2011, as a freshman at Georgia Tech, I was inspired to do something about the global sanitation crisis at a women’ s leadership conference. I learned from a Georgia Tech alumna and one of my current mentors, Susan Davis of Improve International, that nearly half of the world doesn’ t have access to a toilet; of those people, women and girls are disproportionately burdened. Specifically, I learned that pubescent girls in the developing world frequently drop out of school as a result of their schools lacking toilets. As a product designer and a woman in higher education, this reality angered me so much so that I left the conference and called my mom to say, “I know what I am supposed to do. I am supposed to design toilets.” Three years later, I had the incredible opportunity to design a toilet for the Kakuma refugee camp as a part of an interdisciplinary senior design capstone at Georgia Tech, and that led to the birth of the SafiChoo toilet.
Our impact: Wish for WASH’ s theory of change is centered around community-based solutions. In order to develop sustainable solutions, we recognize that this is not a ‘ one size fits all’ product. Through our next research & design phase in the spring, we will determine the minimum viable product and iterate a design to meet the needs of various communities.