- 8 YEARS TRACK-RECORD IN SENEGAL SINCE 2011 & Pilot project in Bolivia
- 180 machines in operation
- 100% of the machines are operating today
- 350'000 people with a new access to drinking water
- More than 600 sustainable jobs created
- Easier & Affordable access to water
- Strong impact & improvement of living conditions
- Non profit governance
The Access to Water foundation (A2W) was initiated by a grant from the company Swiss Fresh Water in 2012. Indeed, SFW develops low cost and decentralized water treatment machines, which can be remotely followed on the Internet. In 2011, it started a pilot project in Senegal and quickly realized that in addition to its efficient machine, the project needed a business model under good governance.
For that reason, they initiated the foundation to run the project. It enables a distinction between the technical and the non-profit aspects of the project. Since then, A2W has been recognized as a foundation of public interest.
The foundation manages safe drinking water treatment programs associated with the creation of jobs in developing countries. The foundation is currently involved in projects in Senegal and in Bolivia.
How does it work?
The foundation makes available water treatment plants to kiosk's managers in places where safe drinking water is needed.
The foundation defines, in collaboration with local populations and authorities, a business model specific to each country. This business model will enable the population to access water at an affordable price, while creating jobs, and improving the population's living conditions and economy.
The project is ran by a local team in the country with important support from Access to Water Foundation.
The foundation aims at improving people's living conditions. It also works at giving the local populations the tools to run and further develop the project themselves.
The foundation gives great importance to local ownership and to the empowerment of the population.
A2W's impact focuses on 4 areas:
Senegal is a West-African country with a sub-Saharan climate where water is an important concern. Indeed, the access to water is mostly depending on rainwater, which is unequally distributed on the territory.
When rainwater harvesting is not possible - for example during the dry season - the population drinks water from different sources: wells, pounds, rivers or boreholes. However, these waters are not treated and are loaded with bacteria, viruses, pathogens, heavy metals - such as mercury, fluoride, as well as in some cases with salt. The population also has the option to buy water in plastic bottles or bags, however this is expensive, many people cannot afford it, and in some cases drinking this water is unsafe.
It is in that context that the project in Senegal started in 2011. Five years later, there are now 150 machines installed in 92 kiosks in the Fatick, the Kaolack, the Sine Saloum and the Kedougou regions, both in cities and remote areas.
The Senegalese business models works as follow: A2W makes available water treatment machines to kiosks' managers. The kiosk's manager will sell the water to the population in recyclable tanks. The price of the water is decided upon with the local communities on a regional basis (in order to avoid distortion). The price is affordable and consequently cheaper than bottled drinking water. For example, in Senegal, a liter of water is sold at a price from 0.7 to 1.5 cents €.
A part of the revenue goes directly to the manager. With that money, he/she will pay for salaries, local costs, and community or private projects, e.g. roof of a school, education of their children, etc..
The other part of the revenue goes to the foundation in order to pay for:
This project has an important impact on the quality of life of the people and the community at large:
We are currently keeping on installing machines in Senegal in partnership with local communities there.
Thanks to Axel Ripper for his splendid pictures !
The access to safe drinking water in Bolivia is problematic for most people. Indeed, the water is contaminated with bacteria, viruses, lead, mercury and salt, which have negative impacts on the population’s health. The water has also a high level of fecal infection in the entire supply chain (sources, tanks, water grid, households water treatment). The populations suffers, thus, from diarrhea, hypertensions and other water borne diseases. In addition to the bad quality of water, the latter is often not available at all.
In Bolivia, water has been recognized as a Human right in 2009. The country has in that context and in the context of the Millennium Developing Goals made great progress in giving all people access to safe drinking water. However, there is still an important part of the population lacking this basic right. This is in that context that Access to Water foundation is starting a project in that region. The improvement of the quality of water is expected to also improve people’s living conditions, the environment, social cohesion and the economic development of the region.
8 machines have been shipped to Bolivia from Switzerland and 3 technicians have been trained by the Swiss team to install, maintain and fix, when necessary, the machines. A2W has installed 3 machines since December 2016.
If you are an NGO / institution / association interested in building a project in a region of the world where the population does not have access to safe drinking water and would benefit from one of our business model: Please kindly send a message with information on your project and your contact details to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small villages of less than 1'000 inhabitants need a solution where the technical installation is sponsored.
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