Maji Safi

Maji Safi: Clean water today, food security tomorrow.

Maji Safi is a Water filtration device that is attachable to jerry cans. It Increases safe water access by utilizing a current technology.

Use Case

Maji Safi encompasses multiple scenarios in its design. By connecting to a jerry can, Maji Safi enables people in developing countries to retain water free of parasites, bacteria, and poor taste without changing their lifestyle. The focus market area is rural developing Africa, where jerry cans are the main source of water transportation. These unique features also allow Maji Safi to be used as a filtration method during recreational activities in developed countries, without a design change. Maji Safi is lightweight and durable, allowing children and adults to use Maji Safi on the go. By attaching the covering cap of the filter, it is able to remain stationary or be placed in an unsanitary environment, making it ideal for anyone, anywhere.

Potential

Maji Safi connects the dots between a jerry can, and water safety. A jerry can is the prominent method of transporting water in developing countries. Maji Safi, enhances the traditional capabilities of jerry cans to efficiently improve overall plant and human health. Maji Safi is a user friendly, and sustainable system that is easily attached and detached, to be cleaned. This makes Maji Safi logical and optimal for the widespread population we will reach. Maji Safi decreases food waste and security by improving overall health conditions and increasing human productivity. The usability and sustainability of Maji Safi will majorly impact and benefit the coming generations in both food and water security.

Business Case

Maji Safi filtration systems will be provided by Non-Governmental Organizations to utilize our technology at a minimal cost. These partnerships will help to efficiently reach populations who will benefit from our technology. Location, material, and price are primary considerations when approaching the manufacturing phase. Maji Safi incorporates the current means of water transportation within developing countries, while remaining versatile for use in developed countries. This makes Maji Safi appealing and marketable to a wide array of consumers. An open patent for our product will be necessary, as further research and improved methods of filtration are developed. By combining Maji Safi and jerry cans, consumers will be provided with a low cost, easy to use, and efficient sanitation method.

Objectives:

  1. Maji Safi makes clean water available for families around the world by filtering out sediments, bacteria, and parasites from water.
  2. Maji Safi filtration systems improve overall individual health and increase micronutrient absorption while reducing food waste.
  3. Maji Safi makes clean water available for families to improve crop production by decreasing food safety issues caused by dirty water.

Team Maji Safi

Ames, United States of America

Our Team

The Science Of It: Activated Carbon Block / Published January 18, 2016 by Rebecca Gerdes

The Science Of It: Activated Carbon Block

The Science Behind it All / Published January 18, 2016 by Rebecca Gerdes

The Science Behind it All

Curious how each layer of our filter works. Stay tuned over the next couple of days to see the science behind each layer of Maji Safi! We're so excited to share it with you!

Food and water, best friends and worst enemies / Published January 14, 2016 by Rebecca Gerdes

Food and water, best friends and worst enemies

Undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies contribute substantially to the global burden of disease. Impoverished communities experience high rates of undernutrition and increased exposure to infectious diseases caused by crowding and inadequate sanitation. Women of reproductive age and children experience devastating health consequences as a result of limited resources, cultural influences, and biological vulnerabilities. Undernutrition and infectious diseases exist in a baleful synergy: undernutrition reduces immunological capacity to defend against diseases, and diseases deplete and deprive the body of essential nutrients. Undernutrition and infectious diseases further exacerbate poverty through lost wages, increased health care costs, and—most insidiously—impaired intellectual development that can significantly reduce earning potential. Maji safi decreases poor sanitation, decreasing the chance of contracting an infection of some form that causes micronutrient deficiencies. The decrease in parasitic infections allows for decreased food waste and increased, supplementation to the body!

The Waitng Game / Published January 14, 2016 by Rebecca Gerdes

The Waitng Game

The team has been doing some brainstorming on expansion at out latest meeting. Waiting for the official decision, coming in the next few weeks is killing us so we decided to put our nervous energy to good use! We are deciding on new ways to integrate our project into the developing world to prevent food waste! We are also looking into the best places to ground test Maji Safi, and the awesome incentives we can provide for out initial trial participants, aside from the awesome impacts Maji Safi has on food security, and Health!

Prototype 3 / Published January 12, 2016 by Rebecca Gerdes

Prototype 3

Maji Safi is excited to announce prototype 3 is in the works! We have found just as efficient, but less costly materials to make Maji Safi even more cost effective and easier way to manufacture! We are looking into different companies that are capable to manufacture majie safi in a cost effective way and, are able to simultaneously provide job opportunities within areas where we would like to see maji safi boom! stay tuned for photos of our up and coming prototype!

Our Mission

Maji Safi's mission is to create a mobile, filtration device for water insecure areas. We want to eradicate the issue of dirty, unsanitary, and inaccessible water. Maji Safi consists of five members all majoring in a diverse array of global communications with a variety of technical areas, ranging from environmental studies to logistics, to health we have an aim to create a product that is sustainable, beneficial to health, and easily accessible.

Our Background

We are a team of five individuals. Our names are Blake, Rebecca, Marissa, Erica, and Nicholas. We are presently students are Iowa State University with an interest in global food and water security. We have a variety of technical areas ranging from Environmental Science to Entrepreneurship to Medicine. We are participating in the TFF Challenge to make a difference in the transportation and filtration methods of water in developing countries. We believe that everyone has a right to safe drinking and cooking water that is easily accessible.

The Science Of It: Activated Carbon Block / Published January 18, 2016 by Rebecca Gerdes

The Science Of It: Activated Carbon Block

The Science Behind it All / Published January 18, 2016 by Rebecca Gerdes

The Science Behind it All

Curious how each layer of our filter works. Stay tuned over the next couple of days to see the science behind each layer of Maji Safi! We're so excited to share it with you!

Food and water, best friends and worst enemies / Published January 14, 2016 by Rebecca Gerdes

Food and water, best friends and worst enemies

Undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies contribute substantially to the global burden of disease. Impoverished communities experience high rates of undernutrition and increased exposure to infectious diseases caused by crowding and inadequate sanitation. Women of reproductive age and children experience devastating health consequences as a result of limited resources, cultural influences, and biological vulnerabilities. Undernutrition and infectious diseases exist in a baleful synergy: undernutrition reduces immunological capacity to defend against diseases, and diseases deplete and deprive the body of essential nutrients. Undernutrition and infectious diseases further exacerbate poverty through lost wages, increased health care costs, and—most insidiously—impaired intellectual development that can significantly reduce earning potential. Maji safi decreases poor sanitation, decreasing the chance of contracting an infection of some form that causes micronutrient deficiencies. The decrease in parasitic infections allows for decreased food waste and increased, supplementation to the body!

The Waitng Game / Published January 14, 2016 by Rebecca Gerdes

The Waitng Game

The team has been doing some brainstorming on expansion at out latest meeting. Waiting for the official decision, coming in the next few weeks is killing us so we decided to put our nervous energy to good use! We are deciding on new ways to integrate our project into the developing world to prevent food waste! We are also looking into the best places to ground test Maji Safi, and the awesome incentives we can provide for out initial trial participants, aside from the awesome impacts Maji Safi has on food security, and Health!

Prototype 3 / Published January 12, 2016 by Rebecca Gerdes

Prototype 3

Maji Safi is excited to announce prototype 3 is in the works! We have found just as efficient, but less costly materials to make Maji Safi even more cost effective and easier way to manufacture! We are looking into different companies that are capable to manufacture majie safi in a cost effective way and, are able to simultaneously provide job opportunities within areas where we would like to see maji safi boom! stay tuned for photos of our up and coming prototype!

Our Team

Our Mission

Maji Safi's mission is to create a mobile, filtration device for water insecure areas. We want to eradicate the issue of dirty, unsanitary, and inaccessible water. Maji Safi ...Read More

Our Background

We are a team of five individuals. Our names are Blake, Rebecca, Marissa, Erica, and Nicholas. We are presently students are Iowa State University with an interest in ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.