|Social Entreprise concept of the FairWater BluePump|
The FairWater BluePump Project is set-up with a "Social Entreprise" concept (SE). The basic idea of a SE is that the main goal of the organzation is not to make a profit, but to develop and distribute products that are specifically solving a social problem.
Profits from SE sales are used to pay for general office costs and to invested again into improving the product and the service.
The SE concept is rather new in the sector of development aid. NGOs are more used to deal with traditional companies that sell product such as a new 4x4 car, a water testing kit, a drilling machine, etc. When NGOs deal with such traditional companies, there is always an element of mistrust, because "they" want to make money and "we" want to do good.
With the feedback that we have received over the years, we are convinced that the BluePump is the best option for a community. The BluePump is not the cheapest handpump to buy, but all studies show that it is certainly the most reliable handpump on the market. Therefore it is widely appreciated by the communities because with a BluePump they have more days with water and spend less money on repairs. That is the main selling point for the BluePump.
If the recurrent cost of a BluePump are compared with any other similar handpump that is cheaper to buy, it becomes clear that withing 3 to 5 years the lower maintenance cost of the BluePump outweights the higher initial purchase cost. This means each year more money on the bank for the community.
The people behind the FairWater BluePump
I worked for Universities, Consultancies, World Bank, Governments and international NGOs in Rural & Peri-Urban Water Supply and lived for many years in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mozambique, Kenya and Angola. I did many studies to rural water supply in Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania and in Zambia.
With my wife Sureyya Gök, we took up the challenge to introduce this new approach in rural water projects and started the FairWater Foundation in 2009 (NL-34316771) based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Apart from her professional career as Director of Finance of the European Branch of an international company in Amsterdam, she has also a passion for social work. From 2006 to 2013 she was also a municipal councilor in The Netherlands, with a special focus on how to contribute to better conditions for children and elderly people and active in the Multi Ethnical Network for Women (MEV) to empower women with ethnical background.
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We hope the that the rational of the BluePump and FairWater is more clear to you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, or if you would like to sponsor a BluePump in Africa, or would like to become a FairWater partner and order BluePumps for your projects and start with your own BlueZone in Africa.
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
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