INTI student is first Malaysian to clinch global award in recognition of life-saving community work

‘When I was young I wanted to make a billion dollars. Today, I want to save a billion lives.” – Ganesh Muren.

A plucky 24-year old with a passion for engineering and a penchant for entrepreneurship, Ganesh Muren is also known for his deep commitment to driving social impact in marginalised communities.

A solar powered water filtration system he developed while at INTI has helped him combine his passion with a mission to save lives in under-served communities, earning him the highest accolade for students driving social change within the Laureate International Universities network which is present in 28 countries.

Ganesh Muren, founder of Saora Industries, proudly showcasing his invention

Ganesh Muren, founder of Saora Industries, proudly showcasing his invention

INTI International University and Colleges where he honed his engineering expertise, is a member of the Laureate network.

Founder of Saora Industries, Muren has put his entrepreneurial and engineering skills to good use by getting the solar powered devices which produces clean water and electricity placed in rural Orang Asli communities and other villages across Malaysia.

His invention uses solar energy to power the pump that accelerates the output of water which has been through a tiered filtration process. Excess solar energy is then used to power the generators in small villages with limited access to electricity.

Ganesh with villagers in the process of installing the water filtration system

Ganesh with villagers in the process of installing the water filtration system

Through Saora Industries, Muren hopes to reach over 10,000 households by 2018, and his US$10,000 cash award will promptly be reinvested into the business he founded.

“From selling grasshoppers when I was a young boy for some extra pocket money to developing a device that could potentially save lives – I have always believed that perseverance, creativity and hard work pays off in the long run.

“When I started this journey, my goal was to help a young six-year-old Orang Asli girl lead a normal and healthy life through access to clean water. She didn’t survive long enough for me to help her but her legacy will save many lives,” he said.

Children from the village seen playing in a nearby river, which is the same source from where they get their drinking water

Children from the village seen playing in a nearby river, which is the same source from where they get their drinking water

“An obsessive attention to detail, guided by my inspiration to save lives through improved access to clean water, has helped me drive small but meaningful change. I have so much more to achieve, and I am humbled by the Here for Good award, as it also means that we can create so much more awareness on this fundamental basic right to clean water.”

Muren received his award from the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Laureate International Universities Douglas Becker at a ceremony in Chicago last week, where he also shared his personal journey of becoming a social entrepreneur.

Ganesh pours out the purified water while the villagers look on

Ganesh pours out the purified water while the villagers look on

“Ganesh is a great example of a student who develops practical solutions to serious problems while generating jobs and benefiting the community” shared Rohit Sharma, CEO of INTI International University & Colleges.

One of the best feelings in the world, Ganesh hands a cup of clean purified water to a little village boy

One of the best feelings in the world, Ganesh hands a cup of clean purified water to a little village boy

The village children finally having a taste of clean, purified water

The village children finally having a taste of clean, purified water

Ganesh stands proudly with the villagers after having successful installed his filtration system which will now provide them clean purified drinking water

Ganesh stands proudly with the villagers after having successful installed his filtration system which will now provide them clean purified drinking water

Hard at work, Ganesh meticulously inspects the filters to ensure the installation process is done right

Hard at work, Ganesh meticulously inspects the filters to ensure the installation process is done right

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