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Built off of the concept that first world solutions can NOT fix third world problems, our solution bridges the gap between new technology and the every day cultural behaviors of women in the slums of India.

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To Refine, Not Replace.

When visiting family in India, co-founder Nikita Chatterjee learned that even as improvements have been made to the country’s water system, large segments of the population still do not have access to safe drinking water. Working with local mentors and water quality experts, PAANI’s mission is to promote the accessibility of clean water in low-income communities, through practices that are safer and more efficient. 


We understand that first world solutions can NOT fix third world problems. Bridging the gap between new technology and everyday cultural behaviors of women in the slums of India, our solution is a water filtration system built into the sari cloth. The sari cloth is a traditional garment worn by women throughout India. For centuries, women have used the sari to filter their water. With a completed mock prototype further testing and development is currently underway. Through PAANI, we will see a decrease in the prevalence of water-borne illnesses in low-income and rural areas. 


PAANI hopes to refine, not change the methods of water filtration that already exist within low-income communities in developing countries.

Our Vision:

Our Team.


Nikita Chatterjee

Student at Syracuse University

Nikita is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of PAANI. 


Nikita Chatterjee is currently a rising senior at Syracuse University studying economics, while also pursuing various classes on the track to medical school. Nikita has always been passionate about medicine, and has know since she was little that she wanted to become a pediatric physician. Nikita decided to pursue a degree in business because she hopes to one day open her own out-patient clinic for disadvantaged children. With the opportunities that she has been given, PAANI. was developed to also advocate for low income communities. Born to two immigrants from India, Nikita is also very passionate about addressing the issues that are prevalent in India. 


" As a woman of color, my passion stems from the exact factors that were placed against me, so to me there are no limits to what I can accomplish and achieve."

Brianna Howard

Co-Founder/COO PAANI

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