Yogita Agrawal noticed something interesting when she was attending primary school in India: There was no soap in any of the bathrooms. After studying product design at Parsons, she came back to her hometown of Mumbai hoping to make a difference.
With her two friends, Agrawal cofounded SoaPen, a portable soap crayon which encourages hand washing among children, making it less a chore and more a habit.
The female trio has a larger goal in mind; reduce the risk of spreadable diseases and prevent the annual deaths of 1.5 million children from infectious illnesses.
“Sometimes the issues are so daunting and the stats are so horrifying, we step back and think, ‘I don’t do I can do anything about this.’ But if you have an idea and there’s even a 1% chance it works. . . you should prototype it, get feedback on it. You might not know how effective the idea might be!”
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