Social Impact Heroes: How Megan Hayes and Kimberly Reilly Are Helping To Bring Clean Water Systems To Thousands of Impoverished People

Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine
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14 min readJan 13, 2020

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The story of Gloria from La Canada, Honduras is one that is close to our hearts. We visited her in person with Water1st International, who was about to embark on a water project in her community — one of the many 3,000 projects they have completed, and none of them have failed to date. Gloria was 64 years old, but looked a lot older from a hard life of carrying water from a distant unclean water hole to provide for her family of 14 children. She fought hard to bring clean running water and sanitation to her village. A year later upon the completion of the project, with tears in her eyes, she said, “I am so happy because now when I wake up I can have a cup of coffee, and be clean.” She went on to explain that, “before there was water, there was no school, no kindergarten, nothing…and now everything has changed. It’s a completely new environment.”

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Megan Hayes and Kimberly Reilly, Co-Founders of Everybody Water, an emerging social impact company based in Cohasset, MA.

Megan Hayes brings decades of professional experience in growing industry leading companies, specializing in talent management, budgets, and operations. Megan lived abroad in the Middle East and Europe for much of her life, and spent 20 years as a recruiting manager for companies like Microsoft and Digitas. After relocating to Cohasset, MA, Megan shifted her attention to Everybody Water where she applies her consulting skills to secure business partnerships, and also manages strategy and operations. Between traveling for clean

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Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator