Challenge: Half of Africa’s population lives without access to clean
drinking water and modern energy. Remote communities are widely excluded
from basic infrastructure services necessary to improve their standard of living.
Our Contribution: SolarFountain supports decentralized, modular and
self-sustaining supply structures for improved basic services in rural areas in Africa.
Challenge: Up to 80% of illness in Africa can be linked to the poor quality of
drinking water. An additional 2 million people die every year as a result of
unsafe household energy sources.
Our Contribution: SolarFountain improves health in rural communities in Africa
through the provision of safe drinking water and through access to clean energy.
Challenge: As 80% of the rural population in Africa lacks access to reliable
electricity, people are prevented from building and expanding businesses
while children are denied access to education.
Our Contribution: SolarFountain taps into the entrepreneurial spirit of local
communities. By providing clean electricity, we enable local entrepreneurs
to conduct business and create employment opportunities.
Challenge: Due to poor basic infrastructure, rural communities face a constant
threat of marginalization, depopulation and underinvestment.
Our Contribution: SolarFountain supports local communities in shaping their
future. Giving access to safe drinking water and clean electricity helps communities
independently drive their socio-economic development and well-being.
Challenge: Attempts to provide infrastructure services often fail or prove
unsustainable. In many cases, the key to success lies in designing an incentive
structure that supports reliable maintenance and economic sustainability.
Our Contribution: SolarFountain builds on a social franchise approach that enables
reliable maintenance and economic sustainability for local micro-entrepreneurs.
Challenge: Energy needs in rural Africa are often provided by unsustainable
energy sources, which have a negative impact on health and the environment
through their emissions.
Our Contribution: Solar-water kiosks equipped with solar panels produce
environmentally-friendly electricity for homes and small businesses, filter
contaminated raw water, and supply quality products to improve everyday life.
SolarFountain is convinced that sustainable solutions, safe drinking water and
clean electricity can only be secured by working at the global level and alongside
local communities. As social entrepreneurs, we thrive to accomplish this goal in
cooperation with public entities, businesses, foundations, charities
and other partners.