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ASU students building mobile maternity clinic for 3rd world

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

At first glance, it looks like a mobile home. But it's actually a remarkable new equipment developed by ASU students, and it's helping expectant mothers halfway around the world.

Odds are you've seen shipping containers just like these. A group of ASU Sun Devils have been hard at work transforming what's inside.

"The sink is actually going to go right here," says Susanna Young.

Susanna Young and three others are making their mark globally. It's a unique idea with a big heart.

"Susanna and I were in Africa summer of 2011 and we were in Kenya and we're in an orphanage where we saw a baby whose mother had died. The mother died during childbirth so to see that and say okay, this is an actual real problem," says Clay Tyler.

"We were just thinking hey why not, we have a cool project, this could go far, so we applied [for a grant] not really knowing too much about business," says Gabrielle Palermo.

They won. The Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative at Arizona State University gave them $10,000 in 2011. Then they reapplied in 2012 and were awarded $10,000 more in funding for G3Box.

It has proved to be, so far, a successful collaboration of sorts.

"It's just amazing to see the amount of support we've received so far and when we started this crowd funding campaign. We thought, we hope people get behind it," says Billy Walters.

They did and have raised nearly $14,000 to fund the maternity mobile clinics, with a couple weeks left to raise nearly $18,000 needed to ship these clinics to Kenya.

The four founders actually started out by working on similar but different projects, and they later decided to merge their projects into one initiative.


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