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Rainmakers 2011: May 23, 2011


Houston, TX–Rainworks Omnimedia LLC, a producer of traveling exhibitions for natural history and science museums announced its first-annual Rainmakers  List for 2011, during  the American Association of Museums conference in Houston.

The only social enterprise in the museum sector,  Chicago-based Rainworks — which supports literacy programs at home and girls literacy and clean water programs in the developing world–selected eight organizations for the List. “These Rainmakers are addressing urgent problems with smart and innovative solutions and making a critical difference to underserved communities around the world,” said Anu Sridharan, Social Enterprise Liaison at Rainworks.

The Rainmakers:

Jacaranda Health, founded by Nick Pearson, offers mobile maternity and reproductive health care to poor urban women in East Africa.

Sanergy, founded by Ani Vallabhaneni and David Auerbach,

tackles sanitation in the urban slums of Kenya with a  sanitation ecosystem that links sani-waste to profits.

Sarvajal  helps rural Indians gain access to clean water through affordable technologies for remote tracking of water quality and “water ATM” systems.

Labor Voices, founded by Kohl Gill, enables migrant workers to voice labor abuses via a Yelp like mobile app platform.

Love Her Cover, founded by Katie Meyler, sells laptop covers made by  Liberian women to fund the education of girls in Liberia.

Wello, founded by Cynthia Koenig, invented a water wheel–a rolling bucket on a wheel that carries five times the amount of water of conventional buckets—that frees women and children in rural India from the arduous work of water collection.

Huru International  helps menstruating girls in Kenya’s Mukuru slums stay in school by providing them with affordable, locally made sanitary pad kits.

Women’s Global Education serves more than 4000 girls in 58 villages in Senegal and Kenya each year with programs that address the root causes of rural poverty from education to female genital mutilation.

“I think that museums can help co-create the future of our collective aspirations, and I believe that museums can make a ding in the universe through the kinds of exhibitions they present,” said Gail Vida Hamburg, CEO & Founder of Rainworks Omnimedia and master planner of

Economia: Money Matters … The Exhibition of Personal Finance that will begin touring in Spring 2012.

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