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- 5 YEARS TRACK-RECORD IN SENEGAL SINCE 2011 & Pilot project in Bolivia


- More than 100 machines in operation


- 100% of the machines are operating today


- 250'000 people with a new access to drinking water


- More than 300 sustainable jobs created


- Easier & Affordable access to water


- Strong impact & improvement of living conditions


- Non profit governance


1 machine installed in Mako, Kédougou,


2 machines installed in Bolivia






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 by 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.


Business model

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 impact focuses on 4 areas:


  • Health: A2W works at improving the health conditions of the population, it fights against diseases linked to dirty water and diminish to 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.



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 are:

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


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



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 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 100 machines installed in 60 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 range 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:

  • The maintenance and the assistance (helpline, Internet follow-up, wearing parts, trainings, 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.


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

  • 250'000 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 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, there are less cases of  diarrhea, hypertensions, and of others water borne diseases. This also led to less absenteeism in school and at work.
  • In total, more than 300 sustainable jobs have been created with that project.


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 the most of the populations. 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 faecal 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.


7 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 hopes to finalize the installation of these machines by the end of 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: info@accesstowaterfoundation.org.


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 in health care centers.


Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, CP300, 1001 Lausanne

Clearing : 767

IBAN: CH89 0076 7000 A529 8510 6




On November 5, A2W attended the ROTARY UNI 2016 event at the University of Lausanne. It was an occasion to present the Rotary funded project in Senegal.


Indeed, A2W received a Global Grant from the Rotary enabling the installation of 5 machines in the Kedougou region.


From May 2nd to May 4th, A2W foundation was at Tech4Dev at the EPFL in Lausanne.


The Tech4Dev Conference is the biennial flagship event of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development hosted by the Cooperation & Development Centre (CODEV) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).


The focus of the conference is the application of technology solutions to advance inclusive and economic development in the Global South.

Access the website of the event here: Tech4dev


From April 19 to April 21, Access to Water had a booth at the Geneva Health Forum.


"The GHF has become a space for dialogue and major exchanges between  field practitioners, the university hospitals, the public and private sectors, the international organisations and the non-governmental organizations."


Check out the website of the event here: Geneva Health Forum


A2W was invited to attend the sixth Ministerial Conference of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from 26 to 27 November 2015, in Vienna Austria.


The conference provided an opportunity to clearly define the remaining barriers impeding LDC's economic diversification and graduation, as well as to identify possible ways to jointly overcome these challenges within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Learn more about the conference by clicking on the following link: LDC Ministerial Conference 2015



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Email: info@accesstowaterfoundation.org

Phone: +41 (0) 21 647 11 87