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"What will YOU make better?" - Kiara Nirghin

Written by: Marisa Oosthuizen

She might just be 17-years-old, but Kiara Nirghin has the world at her feet with her forward-thinking and game-changer innovation. She won Google's Community Impact Award for creating a super absorbent polymer capable of storing reserves of water, which could essentially combat drought.

Nirghin held the room the a third annual Lead SA Changemakers Conference in awe, challenging delegates to think about how we take the environment's resource for granted. Her invention, which was inspired by the absorbency of a nappy, tackles one of the world's biggest threats today, water security.

"When I opened the newspaper and read about the drought, I started thinking of solutions."

Kiara Nirghin

"I've come to believe that what was done, can be done better by young South Africans."

Kiara Nirghin

"Understanding the mechanisms of the problems we face opens by the opportunity for us to find the solutions."

Kiara Nirghin

Watch Kiara's presentation at Changemakers below...




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