|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.
Sales from a SE are not used to make a profit, but to pay for general operational costs and to investe in R&D to improve the product as well as the service.
In 2007, when we started with FairWater, the concept of a SE was not known in the sector of development aid. NGOs are 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 buy materials for their projects from a traditional company, there is always an element of mistrust, because "they" want to make money and "we" want to do good (and spend as less as possible, so the NGO can do more).
Therefore it is good to know that the Fairwater BuePump Organization is a Social Enterprise, with a focus on solving problems in stead of just making a profit.
This focus on solving problems means constant R&D to develop new ideas and products with the aim to help the communities better. To do so, we also join up with other organizations such as Join-the-Pipe.org that have the same goal. As a result of this, with every BluePump we can offer re-fill water bottles for free, they come inside the PVC pipes. Every pipe of 2m can hold up to 9 water bottles.
With the feedback that we have received over the years, and the approaval of Oxfam, 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.
Because of its reliability, the yearly cost of a BluePump are far less compared with any other similar handpump that is cheaper to buy. In general the break-even point is between 3 to 5 years. 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.
Join FairWater and sponsor the rehabilitation of a broken pump with a BluePump
A new borehole cost between €10.000 to €20.000, while with a rehabiliation with a FairWater BluePump only cost € 2.500,- all in.
100% to the field
For more information about the FairWater Sponsor Program, please visit the FairWater website (CLICK HERE).
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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