Water and Sanitation

Water: Entrepreneurial models for safe water at the base of the pyramid

How are entrepreneurs providing safe water to people at the base of the pyramid? What types of solutions, what business models, and how can they scale?

These questions are well addressed in this month’s Editor’s Choice: Access to Safe Water for the Base of the Pyramid; Lessons Learned from 15 case studies (http://businessinnovationfacility.org/profiles/blogs/editor-s-choice-apr...).

Sanergy - Slum sanitation in Kenya

Sanergy aims to improve sanitation in urban slums in Kenya by designing user friendly systems to increase usage and reduce cleaning costs. The company is taking an innovative approach to increase access to sanitation and waste management practices. “At each step, this model creates jobs and opportunity while simultaneously addressing the need for hygienic sanitation solutions amongst slum-dwellers. ”

WaterHealth International - Providing Potable Water for Rural and Peri-urban Communities in India, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, and the Philippines

WaterHealth International, Inc. (WHI) is a company that develops, installs, and operates water purification and disinfection systems that provide affordable, high-quality potable water for underserved populations in rural and peri-urban areas. WHI houses these water treatment systems in small-scale, decentralized facilities called WaterHealth Centers in local communities. At an initial investment of less than $10 per person, WHI can provide more than a decade of healthy drinking water to communities in need.

Amanz’ abantu: Water (and Sanitation) for the People in South Africa

Amanz’ abantu means ‘water for the people’ in Xhosa, Ndebele and Zulu. Amanz’ Abantu Services, Ltd., established as a private South African company in 1997, aimed to provide water supply and sanitation for peri-urban and rural communities in the Eastern Cape, where a quarter of the population lacked potable water. The company pipes water meeting international quality standards to sites where individuals can access standpipes using smartcard technology. Before the arrival of Amanz’ Abantu, villagers—mainly rural women—had to walk up to several hours to obtain water from the nearest river.

Association of Private Water Operators in Uganda: Affordable and Safe Water for the Urban Poor

Of Uganda’s 21 million people, more than 2 million live in small towns with poor water supplies. Most people in these towns are low income, and their lack of water aggravates poverty and encourages diseases. Initially, reforms in water and sanitation came through government-sponsored boreholes in villages across the country.

Ecotact: Affordable Sanitation Services in Pleasant Surroundings in Kenya

Under the Ikotoilet project, Ecotact builds and operates high-quality, public, pay-per-use toilet and shower facilities on public land in urban centers with particular emphasis in the most disadvantaged areas such as urban slums. Ecotact uses a Build-Operate-Transfer model of public-private partnership, entering into long-term contracts with municipalities to secure use of public lands.

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