THE VILLAGE WATER ENTERPRISE MODEL
The Village water enterprise model is a sustainable way of giving young people and women the opportunity to solve water problems in their communities through social entrepreneurship. Usually many young people who manage to complete their highschool cant afford tertiary education because of lack of tuition. Watercause.org contributes to supporting these youth to realise their educational dreams by serving 8-12 months of their School break in the VillageWater Enterprise Project.
In the project youth are trained and graduated as Local Water Trainers to train local people on best water & sanitation practices and train local women in the Village water Enterprise model where local water businesses are run by women in their villages to sell Safewater CANs and operate water sales points. Wonen are able to generate income to meet their families’ needs and part of the revenues generated goes to sponsoring the trainers education for a full year.
How our model works.
Step 1. Registering as a community trainer. Youths that have completed their high school vacation register as volunteers and train as Local water Trainers (LWT) to serve for a period of 8-12 months of their vacation in any of our project areas. LWTs then reach out to water-poor communities to help them address their water problems.
Step 2. Forming a water interest group. The village in need of water registers all their members and data is collected from each of the members. Usually 350 to 500 homes with about 3600 people. Here members raise a given amount of money to start a water enterprise in their village.
Step 3. Setting up a village water enterprise. Members of the village together with GLOWs, local volunteers and our site team, establish a village rain water harvesting catchment usually 20,000L- 50,000L in capacity and 2 smaller plastic distribution tanks are installed at different water sales points operated by unemployed women. Water is treated by our site team member and in 3-7 days, the water is ready for drinking.
Villagers can now access safe water for a small fee much less than what they used to pay for dirty and unsafe water.