- A WATER KIOSK PROGRAM -

BASED ON A WATER TREATMENT MACHINE & A WIN-WIN BUSINESS MODEL

BOTH SUPPORTED VIA INTERNET

WATER & JOBS = SUSTAINABILITY

 

5 YEARS TRACK-RECORD IN SENEGAL SINCE 2011:

  • 90 water treatment plants in operation,
  • 100% of installed machines are operating today,
  • 200'000 people have a new access to drinking water,
  • More than 250 sustainable jobs created,
  • the sale of water funds:
    • local salaries,
    • local projects,
    • maintenance,
    • renewal of the fleet.
  • affordable price of water: from $0.3 up to $1.5 cents per liter.

 

THE KEYS OF SUCCESS ARE:

  • A good machine and a strong maintenance system,
  • a strong non profit governance, efficiency oriented, and support through Internet.

 

A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON:

  • Health: reduction of water-related diseases such as diarrhea,
  • Economy: creation of workplaces,
  • Social: fight against rural exodus, transfer of know-how, trainings,
  • Environment: fuel savings through on-site production, and solar energy.

— LATEST NEWS —

 May 2016:

 

  •  5 more machines just installed in the Sine Saloum region, Senegal.

 

  •  A2W is starting a new program in regions with water infected by heavy metals - such as mercury - due to mining industries.

 

 

Welcome to our new Website!

 

The website is still in construction and will be further developed in the coming days.

 

Any comments are welcome: send us an email to:

 

 info@accesstowaterfoundation.org

SOON:

 

  •  Une version française du site Internet est en préparation et sera disponible prochainement.

 

  •  Una version de este sitio web está en preparación y será disponible pronto.

 

  •  New pictures and testimonies will be uploaded here.

—THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS —

Thanks to Axel Ripper for his splendid pictures !

- VIDEOS -

Documentary on SFW some years ago, 2012

Inventer Demain: de l'eau potable pour tous by RTS 2014 (in French)

— THE FOUNDATION —

HISTORY

The foundation Access to Water (A2W) was initiated in 2012 by the company Swiss Fresh Water SA (SFW). However, it all started in  2011, when SFW launched a pilot project in Senegal to test their recently developed water treatment machine, which can be remotely followed via Internet. The project was, furthermore, greatly supported by the Swiss platform REPIC.

 

In 2012, it appeared to SFW that in addition to their efficient machine, a business model under a good governance needed to be developed. Thus, they initiated the foundation A2W in 2012 for that purpose. 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.

ACTIVITIES

The foundation manages drinking water treatment programs associated with the creation of jobs in developing countries. The foundation is currently involved in a project in Senegal and is also preparing other projects.

 

How does it work?

The foundation makes available water treatment plants to kiosk's managers in places where safe drinking water is needed. The kiosk's manager will sell the water to the population in recyclable tanks.

 

At what price?

The price of the water is decided upon with the local communities on a regional basis (in order to avoid water trafficking). The price is affordable and consequently cheaper than bottled drinking water. For example, a liter of water is sold at a price ranging from 0.7 and 1.5 cents €.

 

What about the benefits?

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:

  • The maintenance and the assistance (helpline, Internet follow-up, wearing parts, education, technical supports, etc.),
  • The share of maintenance costs between small and big villages,
  • A risk fund (insurance),
  • The funding of equipments or the extension of the project.

GOALS

A2W goals focus on 4 areas:

 

  • Health: A2W works at improving the health conditions of the population, it fights against diseases linked to dirty water and diminish children's vulnerability.
  • Economy: it creates sustainable jobs and decreases the level of absenteeism.
  • Social: it improves general quality of life, and fight against rural exodus.
  • Environment: the project furthermore limits waste thanks to the use of recycled jerry cans, the use solar energy and it also diminishes transportation thanks to on-site production.

MEANS

In order to reach its goals, A2W implements programs of drinking water and jobs creation.

 

The foundation has two cornerstones to its projects:

 

1) A sustainable technical solution: linked to a concept of maintenance and assistance with a  follow-up via Internet. Today, A2W uses the SFW machines as they are currently the most adapted to the projects on the market.

 

The SFW machines is:

  • User friendly: plug & play, automatic backwash,
  • Swiss made: adapted to the harshest conditions,
  • It produces 4'000 up to 14'000 l of drinking water per day,
  • Adapted to solar energy,
  • Compact & easy to transport
  • Certified to meet WHO standards by Scitec Research.

 

2) A win-win business model: for the users, the employees and the partners in Switzerland or in some other place.

 

Visit the company's website: swissfreshwater.ch

-PROJECTS -

CURRENT PROJECTS

SENEGAL

 

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, nonetheless, 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 bacterias, 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 90 machines installed in 60 kiosks in the Fatick, the Kaolack and the Sine Saloum regions, both in cities and remote areas.

 

This project has an important impact on the quality of life of the people and the community at large:

  • 200'000 people have an easier access to safe drinking water and are, furthermore, enjoying the taste and the quality of that water.
  • The water is cheaper to buy and closer to go buy. They are thus saving money and time that they can devote to other activities.
  • There has been an improvement of their health conditions as well. Indeed, less people have diarrhea, hypertensions, among others diseases. This further led to less absenteeism in school and at work.
  • In total, more than 250 sustainable jobs have been created with that project.

 

We are currently keeping on installing machines in Senegal in partnership with local communities there.

GALLERY  - SENEGAL

 - HOW TO BENEFIT -

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 our business model:

 

Please kindly send a message with information on your project and your contact details to: info@accesstowaterfoundation.org.

 

 

We are looking forward to reading you!

 - Get involved -

DONATIONS

Small villages of less than 1'000 inhabitants need a solution where the technical installation is sponsored.

 

A donation to the foundation funds:

  • A technical installation,
  • One year maintenance
  • Free water for children in schools and health care center.

 

 

Bank account details: Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Lausanne, Switzerland

IBAN: CH 89 0076 7000 A 529 8510 6

 - CONTACT -

ACCESS TO WATER FOUNDATION

Registered office:

 

c/o Etude Kaelin, Murith & Schneuwly,

Av. de la Gare 4

1630 Bulle

Switzerland

Secretariat:

 

Access To Water Foundation

Ch. des Fayards 2

1032 Romanel-Lausanne

Switzerland

 

Email: info@accesstowaterfoundation.org

Phone: 021 711 22 77