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• Safe Water Network provides safe water for communities in need by identifying and training entrepreneurs about water purification systems and services.
• What makes this model sustainable for WASH solutions? How can other organizations/communities replicate it?
• Read other successes about scaling solutions for safe water and sanitation.
The development industry is brimming with programs that seek to bring water to poor communities, and for good reason. Globally, 2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, and more than 350,000 preventable child deaths occur every year.
Most programs raise funds, build wells in poor communities, and hope for the best. The organization I co-founded, Poverty Stops Here, followed this pattern and built several wells in Nigeria. However, after a few years, only one of the five wells built was functioning. Most water well projects don’t last because there isn’t a mechanism to sustain them. That’s where Safe Water Network comes into the picture.
Founded in 2006, Safe Water Network is committed to solving the access to safe water problem in poor communities, sustainably. As opposed to simply building a well or providing water, the organization identifies entrepreneurs in its partner communities, provides them with the necessary equipment for pumping and purifying water, and trains them on how to sell their services.
Safe Water Network has implemented its solution in hundreds of communities and provided water to more than 1.5 million people. What’s the secret to its success? We spoke with Amanda Gimble to learn more about the promising organization.
Read the full article about Safe Water Network by Efosa Ojomo at Christensen Institute.
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