CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP)- What began as a Missouri man’s simple idea has provided access to clean water for more than 57,000 people in 10 countries.

Bill Prost of Cape Girardeau is the founder of the Five for Water Foundation, which has funded 11 water projects in 10 coffee-growing countries through the sale of Green Mountain fair-trade organic coffee.

Prost is a longtime member of the Rotary Club in Cape Girardeau. The Southeast Missourian reports that Rotarians across the country sell bags of coffee door-to-door, with a portion of the proceeds going to the water projects.

Since the foundation began four years ago, $350,000 worth of water projects have been completed or are in progress in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Bolivia, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Sumatra, Malawi and Costa Rica.

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