Kathy Ku, a young college student, spent the summer of 2010 in Uganda and was struck by how many people around her were getting sick from dirty water. Seeing that these diseases could be prevented, she knew there was a better way. SPOUTS was created in 2011 with the simple idea that ceramic water filters could be made and sold locally, providing an amazingly effective product through a sustainable business model.

Struck by Uganda’s Water Problem, One Student Did Something About It

The Kathy Ku and SPOUTS of Water Story, so far…

THE SPOUTS OF WATER TIMELINE

History: SPOUTS has built the foundation for a strong business over time.

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Management Team

Daniel Yin
Daniel Yin

Chief Executive Officer

Has led SPOUTS for the past almost two years. Prior to joining, Daniel spent 2.5 years at Deloitte and another 2.5 years working in Finance.

Michael Nimoh
Michael Nimoh

Sales Director

Michael has over 5.5 years experience working in Strategy and Sales in India and Tanzania prior to joining SPOUTS.

Moses Okeny
Moses Okeny

Accounting & Finance Manager

Before joining SPOUTS, Moses worked for Platinum Credit Limited.

Dominic Lyando
Dominic Lyando

Production Manager

Dominic worked for Wheatco. Industries Limited before joining SPOUTS.

NGO Team

Paul Matovu

Director of Community Relations

Paul has worked in multiple charitable entrepreneurial roles in Uganda prior to joining SPOUTS. He is also the Founder of Vertical and Micro Gardening- VMG. He brings in extensive experience in developing and implementing local partnerships and sustainable community development projects. Paul has been working with SPOUTS for over four years.

Barika Poole
Barika Poole

Executive Director, NGO

Ms. Poole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and a Masters of Engineering degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is an experienced professional engineer contributing 17 years to the civil/environmental engineering and water resources industries, working with both public and private clients. With experience in a corporate setting, her own consulting business and the non-profit sector, Ms. Poole has a range of business experience.

Board of Directors

Kathy Ku
Kathy Ku

Co-founder

Kathy holds a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and an M.S. in Engineering Science from Harvard University. She worked at BCG and McKinsey before heading production at SPOUTS.

John Kye
John Kye

Co-founder & Executive Director

John studied Economics at Harvard University before moving to Uganda in 2014 to head the Sales & Marketing Team.

Sean Clarke
Sean Clarke

Board Member

Sean is the CEO of the Clarke Group, a group of businesses mostly based in Uganda. The businesses’ are in the fields of Medical, Agriculture, Hospitality, Property and Education.

Advisers

 Rebecca Liebschutz

Adviser

Rebecca worked on the ground with SPOUTS starting in 2015, transitioning into an advisory role in 2019. Her primary work with SPOUTS was focused on business development and sales & marketing, having served as Sales Manager and later as Deputy Director. She has a degree from the University of Michigan in Environmental Science and Economics, and has also spent time in India studying sustainable development and social change.

Philip Wilson

Adviser

Philip Wilson is the founder and CEO of Ecofiltro, a social enterprise dedicated to providing clean water to the rural poor of Mexico and Central America. He graduated with an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton and received his BA from the University of Notre Dame. To date, Ecofiltro has served over 300,000 families in rural areas and the goal is to reach 1 million families by the year 2020.