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Ganesh Muren

Ganesh Muren is the founder and CEO of Saora Industries, a social enterprise established in 2014. Saora Industries operates with a mission to change the world one step at a time through safe drinking water and sustainable energy. Ganesh also oversees Saora Plus, the philanthropic arm of Saora Industries, established to bring carefully designed community development initiatives to life. Aside from providing safe drinking water, they build communal toilets, light up villages with solar lights and reach out to underserved communities through empowerment and socioeconomic programs. 

His desire to aid the people began when he embarked on a backpacking trip to India and saw people obtaining water to drink from slum areas, where they washed their clothes and even passed motion all within the same place. He then visited a town near his university in Malaysia, only to find out the situation there was similar. After recognising such issues, he decided it was time to do something about it and began working on a solar-powered system that would purify the water and provide the villagers with electricity. 

To date, Saora Plus has impacted thousands of beneficiaries across 7 different locations – Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang and Sarawak. With the use of solar lighting, they have lighted up 344 homes, provided 2.6 million litres of clean water and implemented 103 water and sanitation projects. Recognised for their immense impact, Saora Industries was awarded the Here For Group award in 2016 by Laureate Group Chicago, the Force For Good award in 2017 by Malaysia Tatler, and the Cemex Tec Award in 2018 in Monterrey, Mexico.

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