Tiffani Ashley Bell is trying to solve the water problem in America.
The Rails developer and Y Combinator alumna founded The Human Utility, an online platform to help low-income households in Detroit and Baltimore pay their water bills by connecting donors around the world with Americans in need. Utility companies shut off water to households that can’t afford their water bills, forcing low-income families to live without basic necessities.
In 2017, the nonprofit assisted 800 people — more than 300 of whom were children. Since 2014, it has assisted approximately 1,000 families and saved over 40 homes in jeopardy from water bill-related tax sale and foreclosure.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.