Sophie Lehideux, winner of the 2018 Terre de Femmes France Award. Her association, Kynarou, works to set up sustainable access to drinking water.
Kynarou is a development association working to generate sustainable access to drinking water, sanitation and waste management in underprivileged communities in southern India in particular.
Kynarou’s initiative generates a virtuous cycle, because access to drinking water significantly improves day-to-day living conditions. Once the water is available, the communities are able to use the communal sanitary facilities (equipped with wastewater treatment systems) that Kynarou also builds in parallel. Wastewater management is the final step in its sanitation activities, and the last stage in the initiatives currently being developed. These initiatives include agro-ecology, which enables women to better feed their families, creating pesticide- and chemical-free organic gardens, restoring soil quality, developing a village-based farming economy, and reusing wastewater from sanitary facilities. Kynarou is thus improving living conditions for local communities while raising awareness about environmental factors and establishing good management practices for the facilities they build. It also fosters environmental protection via its agro-ecology scheme.
The first schemes were rolled out in 2004, with pilot projects implemented in India’s Tamil Nadu state. From 2012 to 2015, the project became more established as it developed wider-reaching schemes such as So Water, which was rolled out across 25 villages. In 2016, the association ventured into uncharted territory: Burkina Faso and Madagascar, where it opened branches in 2017.
Today, Kynarou is a thriving, high-potential association led by a close-knit, passionate team with a host of skills. It has a range of excellent opportunities to establish enriching, varied projects with partners who trust its expertise. All that’s left is to continue working to improve living conditions for the association’s beneficiaries, while protecting their natural surroundings.