UP WADI captures Uganda: A social business solution for access to safe water
Helioz, a social business, aims at providing access to safe and affordable drinking water at household level through a replicable and saleable business model in the districts of Mbarara and Kiruhura in Uganda.
The community-based approach and the initial delivery of WADIs to poor households in Uganda will raise the income of at least 40 microentrepreneurs, trained on the use of WADI. By means of technology for safe drinking water 94,000 people will have access to clean drinking water. The project team will act in 20 schools with 14,000 pupils to raise awareness on WASH and improve hygiene among youth. Three staff members of the local partner ACORD are trained on the use of UV-disinfection of water and the use of WADIs and SODIS. They act as multipliers of know-how. 6,400 devices will be distributed within the project phase.
The project target group consists of people living in sub-counties that are at the periphery of Mbarara and Kiruhura. In Mbarara District, the project targets 400 households (40 SODIS/WADI user groups with ten members each) comprising of a minimum population of 2,000 people (1,020 Females and 980 Males). These households will share their equipment with four other neighboring households on average. The actions taken by the 40 SODIS/WADI user groups will lead to an average purchase of 80 WADIs initiated by the group members which totals at 3,200 WADIs, 16,000 households and 80,000 people. Community leaders, households, in poor regions will be targeted.
For the successful implementation of the project, the following components are conducted:
1. Community members (leaders, families) and institutions at community level (primary schools) are aware of the causes and consequences of contaminated water consumption and engage in safe water practices.
2. The use of SODIS with WADI has become a standard procedure used in the households, local schools and health centers.
3. A phased market entry of WADI at community level is successfully piloted through local distribution networks and support to micro-entrepreneurs.
4. An awareness-raising campaign and a study on the beneficial use of WADI will point on the social and economic benefits of SODIS with WADI and focus on policy-making and program development in the water sector.
The project was submitted in the framework of the Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015.