In 2014, Tricia Compas-Markman’s efforts to bring clean water to those in need earned her recognition as a Toyota Mother of Invention. Since then, she and her company, DayOne Response, have worked to address the worldwide need for clean, potable water by developing a 10-liter backpack that, using a Procter & Gamble purifying packet, can quickly render dirty water safe for drinking. She and DayOne Response have responded to several disasters, including typhoons in Southeast Asia and seasonal rain and cholera outbreaks in West Africa.
Since its inception in 2012, Toyota has cultivated the Toyota Mothers of Invention program by not only awarding more than $1 million to these women-led companies with Driving Solutions grants, but also facilitating networking opportunities, building relevant connections, and providing access to intellectual capital to help their organizations go places. These women, who are leading the charge to work on issues like homelessness, education, food, water, energy, and more, come from all over the world, and are using innovation to create lasting and sustainable impact.
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