thrive networks

delivering a sustainable and flexible organization infrastructure to increase clean water access


Sept 2019 - Dec 2019


Society, Health, Accessibility


Adobe Suite, Canva, Figma, AutoCAD, Fusion 360


Thrive Networks


Courtnie Chan

Project Lead

Isabella Dyc-O'Neal

Project Lead

Laurel Nelson

Logo Design

Joe Li

Product Design

Michael Salamy

Product Design

Natalie Chu

Physical Design

Natalie Deng

UI/UX Design

Jeffrey Shen

Physical Design


Lynn Foden

CEO of Thrive Networks


Thrive Networks approached Invention Corps as a newly established organization looking to provide fresh water access to Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta region. Our goal was to assist Thrive Networks in navigating various aspects of the new establishment, including their business model, physical kiosk design, product design, employee management and training, and UI/UX design for Thrive’s user interface.

Our partner

Thrive Networks operates on the ground in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in the interest of underserved populations. For nearly thirty years, they have leveraged public and private resources to engage with evidence-based programs proven to work at the local level to organically and permanently elevate communities out of poverty. To date, Thrive Networks has had a positive impact on over one million people in Southeast Asia. Our mentor, Lynn Foden, acts as CEO of Thrive Networks with over 25 years of leadership experience environmental planning.

The problem

Lack of access to safe drinking water to Southeast Asia affects over 100 million people. Toxic contaminants in water are linked to various cancers, behavioural and learning disabilities, birth defects and diabetes, among many other adverse health impacts. The most vulnerable populations include women, children, and low-income communities in both rural and urban area.

Who is our user?

Vietnamese residents

Who cannot access safe drinking water and the staff of Thrive Networks’ operation.

Our users need...

Easily accessible clean water at market rate prices through mobile applications.
A secure and open physical space for purchasing clean water and long-term operation.
Sustainable, enduring product design for water transportation.
A reliable, supportive business model to empower female entreprenuers.


Our solution to the problem is a four-step approach that includes software interface, 3D modeling, and a business training model that all support female entrepreneurs in delivering clean water to the Mekong River Delta region of Vietnam.


Thrive Interface

How might we provide an intuitive and useful mobile application for ordering clean water?

Our first deliverable addresses the user and staff accessibility to order and deliver clean water. The UI/UX design includes a log-in to individual accounts to track pending orders, order history, and other user information.

Other key features of our interface include an intuitive ordering process to select amount, delivery option, location, and mobile payment. Finally, there is the visualization of regional kiosk locators and real-time order tracking.


Water Kiosk Model

How might we create an open, space-efficient model for the physical water kiosk?

The physical kiosk model was designed for maximum storage and operating space with considerations to Vietnam’s rural and urban landspace. The open floor plan allows for clear systems of mobility between vendors, employees, and customers.

In terms of the exterior, there are large windows wrapping around three sides of the building with additional skylights to provide ample lighting.

The interior includes vertical shelving, three seperate stations, and an indoor pump for oganizational and operational efficiency.


Product Packaging

How might we promote environmental sustainability and communicate brand identity?

Our final deliverable also includes a product design for Thrive’s water carrier. Considering methods of delivery and transportation, as well as environmental concerns, our product design addresses all outlined key issues.

The design allows for hand-carrying, delivery by motorcycle, backpack-carrying, stacking, and easy refill. The two methods of pouring water also provide flexibility toward user-needs. Reusable materials allow the product to be collapsable, compostable, and recyclable.


Business & Training Model

How might we create sustainable water franchises in partnership with female entrepreneurs?

The training model provides in-depth, step-by-step details to support potential female entrepreneurs in operating and managing water franchises. This model considers all-round support from hiring, public health training, financal management, and employee training.

The second aspect of the training model includes a log-in and personalized account to track and organize individual training workshops.