Inventors are inspirational. Emily Cummins is an inventor and entrepreneur. Her inventions are designed to help others, often in developing countries. She invented a pullable water carrier for manual workers and people living in developing countries in Africa. She also invented a refrigerator that is powered by dirty water and not electricity.
Emily Cummins was born on February 11, 1987 in Yorkshire, England. She grew up in the Cross Hills neighborhood and cultivated her inventive spirit in a shed her grandfather encouraged her to play and invent in. He gave her tools and let her use machinery and tools he had collected and stored in his shed. She took things apart and used pieces to create and invent new things.
Emily went on to study business management at Leeds University business school. She visited Africa and worked on her inventions to help local people. She did not patent her inventions so that local people could make and use them. The refrigerators are used throughout southern Africa.
In 2006, her water carrier earned her a Technology Woman of the Future award. In 2007, she won a Female Innovator of the Year award from the British Female Inventors and Innovators Network. Awards and honors have continued to be given to Emily Cummins. She wants others to feel inspired and supports activities like World Entrepreneurship Day. She started the Big Promise to inspire young people. This includes working with schools in the UK and in developing countries. Be inspired! Have a bright day!