Every year, Extreme works with amazing partners that provide the initial challenges we work on, support teams during the design process, and facilitate the implementation of resulting solutions. This year, we started with ten partners, but due to challenges caused by COVID-19, we were only able to continue working with eight of them in spring quarter.
Our 2020 partners and their project challenges:
BBOXX is a pay-as-you-go solar power company working in Rwanda, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Togo They are working with Extreme to leverage their solar products to bring in-home clean water to their customers in Kenya.
Himalayan Cataract Project works to cure needless blindness with the highest quality care at the lowest cost around the world. They are working with Extreme to improve glaucoma and cataract outreach campaigns and patient follow-up care in Ghana.
Kijani Forestry is combating deforestation in East Africa through innovative farming techniques. They are working with Extreme to devise a way to plant more trees efficiently to offset deforestation from charcoal production in Uganda.
Modroof provides high-quality roofing for the developing world. They are working with Extreme to improve indoor living conditions for low-income city dwellers in India.
Myna Mahila is a non-profit that empowers women in India by encouraging discussion of taboo subjects such as menstruation, and by producing low-cost sanitary protection to enable girls to stay in school. They are working with Extreme to find safer, more culturally appropriate ways to dispose of feminine products in India. [Note: this project was put on hold due to COVID-19.]
Rare is an international conservation organization working to help communities adopt sustainable behaviors toward their natural environment and resources.
In Colombia, they are working with Extreme to create efficient composting systems for onion farmers.
In the Philippines, they are working with Extreme to create a more sustainable and profitable system for blue crab fisheries. [Note: this project was put on hold due to COVID-19]
Sistema.bio provides renewable gas to farmers through a biodigester system that uses cow manure from farms in Mexico, Kenya, and many other countries. They have a manure-based biogas system that creates a liquid fertilizer as a byproduct and are working with Extreme to find a way to increase its usage by farmers in Mexico.
SmileTrain is a nonprofit organization providing corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates around the world. They are working with Extreme to create a better way to do remote orthodontic treatments for cleft palate patients in Colombia.
WARC is a non-profit that works to lift subsistence farmers in Africa out of poverty. They are working with Extreme to create a tool to increase access to no-till farming methods and increase revenue generation for small-plot maize farmers in Sierra Leone.