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 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
My name is Paul van Beers, initiator of the FairWater BluePump project. I have a passion for Africa, water and flying. My professional background is a MSc. in Hydrology with specialization on groundwater exploration, remote sensing and geo-physics. After my study the Free University in Amsterdam offered me a job to work as a scientific researcher on coastal groundwater management in South Portugal. Since 1985 I have worked most of the time in rural water supply projects all over Africa, as well in the field as a hydrogeologist and as project manager and country representative for an international NGO.

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.

EEPC sponsored this BluePump for a school in Burkina Faso

Join FairWater and sponsor the rehabilitation of a broken pump with a BluePump 

The FairWater BluePump sponsor program
Because there are more than 150.000 broken and abandoned handpumps in Africa, the most cost-effective way to help communities and schools is NOT to drill now more boreholes, but to start with rehabilitation of broken pumps by durable BluePumps.

A new borehole cost between €10.000 to €20.000, while with a rehabiliation with a FairWater BluePump only cost € 2.500,- all in.

Companies and private persons can sponsor via FairWater a rehabilitation of a broken pump in Africa with a new durable BluePump. These FairWater "Foster" pumps are installed by professional local companies or our partners in Africa, in their on-going projects.

100% to the field
Because the overhead of FairWater is covered by BluePump sales, 100% of the donations are used to install and maintain BluePumps. However, to avoid any misunderstanding, we do not send money, but your donations are used to buy BluePumps from BOODE, the world distributor of the BluePump, and to send them to our parters in Africa to be installed in their projects.

For more information about the FairWater Sponsor Program, please visit the FairWater website (CLICK HERE).

Information about Water & Sanitation (WatSan) products and issues
Sustainable development needs also good products and to know where to buy these. On our website we offers therefore an easy access to more WatSan information for the industry and specific WatSan products. CLICK HERE to go to

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.

"It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. 
When you pay too much; you lose a little money - that is all. 
When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything
because it was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do".
- - -
"The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot
 - it cannot be done -.  If you deal with the lowest bidder it is well to
add something for the risk you run, and if you accept that
you might as well pay some more for something better".

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)


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Please note
Fairwater has changed early 2010 the name of its handpump design into "BluePump". Initially, we called it "Afripump" but to avoid confusion with the existing Afridev public domain handpump, we do not use that name anymore.