Simavi announced last week a first crowdfdunding campaign for access to clean drinking water. Within a week, € 4,000 was raised with 100 people for the innovation of Said: the Water Vending Machine. A supersmart system that can provide safe drinking water with the aid of solar energy. A structural solution to an age-old problem.
Unlike many other water projects, this is a social enterprise, with a scalable plan. That is why a crowdfunding campaign was set up to speed up the growth of Said’s social enterprise; Ufundiko. We will tell you more about this below!
The power of water
Creating access to safe drinking water available has more impact than just providing a basic need. When drinking water is immediately at hand, it accelerates the economic development of a village. Due to lack of maintenance, 30 to 40 percent of the water pumps are dry. As a result, women sometimes have to walk for hours for drinking water. Precious time that they can use well for their family or to make money.
With the help of smart technology and social entrepreneurship, Said’s team designed a Water Vending Machine. A smart system that differs from existing water pumps in two important ways: villagers pay for water and thus finance the maintenance of the pump. Besides, thanks to an online dashboard, you can see at any time how much water the pump will tap, when it deviates and when the pump may not function properly and needs to be repaired.
The next step: water for 7,000 people
After the successful pilot carried out recently in Nugototo village, Dodoma region, the next step is to build a Water Vending Machine, including technology, in Ngomai. By doing so, we will make drinking water available to 7,000 people! At the same time, the machine starts generating income for maintenance, repair and development. To install the smart Water Vending Machine with innovative technology, Said needs € 16,000. Together with you, we want to take this big step!
A clean campaign
Become an investor in this revolution, just like Said and me. Together, we will bring safe drinking water to 7,000 people in Ngomai village, in Tanzania. Thanks to the online dashboard, every quarter, Said and I will keep you updated on the impact of the total investment and how many people use safe drinking water. Accurate down to the litre ;). But we want to thank you more. Therefore, we came up with some cool rewards. You can check them out here.
Which steps does Said take after this project?
After the succesful pilot, Said and his team will focus on placing the Water Vending Machine, including the smart technolog, on existing water points, so no expensive new wells have to be made. With this, the Water Vending Machine can already provide drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people! With this crowdfunding campaign, Said takes the first steps towards achieving this goal. As soon as all water pumps are traceable, Said focuses on the installation of new water pumps connected via water pipes to existing water supply systems.
Join the Water Vending Revolution!
With a growing group of enthousiastic people we are contributing to Said’s dream; making safe drinking water available around the world. Are you joining us?