We’re delighted to announce that our innovative, small business approach to improving access to water in Malawi has been shortlisted in the 2017 Charity Awards.
While governments and NGOs have done a great deal to improve rural water supplies in Africa, functionality rates in many regions remain shockingly low and large numbers of community pumps end up abandoned when a simple fix could bring them back into operation. Over the last 2 years we’ve been piloting this business-led approach (called self-supply) in Malawi to see if this could improve functionality. And already it has shown astonishing results.
We trained 25 local entrepreneurs in well-digging, household pump installation and maintenance, and provided them with business training and marketing support. After barely one year, these 25 small businesses have given 21,614 customers access to safe water. This project has been shortlisted for the International Aid and Development Award from the 2017 Charity Awards.
Our project The overall winners of the 2017 Charity Awards are announced on the 8th June 2017.