Impact Water


  • Inhabitants: 201 million
  • Annual income per capita: 5 700 USD
  • Only 19% of Nigeria’s population has access to safe drinking water (source)
Play video

Impact Water provides safe drinking water solutions by delivering, installing and maintaining  water treatment systems at ultra-affordable prices to schools across Africa. They designed a cheap, user-friendly water treatment device, which is sold directly to schools. Impact Water works with more than 20 000 schools in Nigeria, where children can re-fill their bottles with safe drinking water all day long. Impact Water is also present in Uganda and Kenya.

Around the world schools are looking for safe water solutions but often need assistance to obtain them.  Cost, availability and ability to maintain are all major obstacles.  By leveraging blended finance and partnering with impact investors that value health, education and environmental benefits, Impact Water is able to provide sponsored systems (free or close to it) to the most disadvantaged schools (the majority of the developing-country school market) while also selling to those that can afford to purchase. 

Strong partnerships with the Nigerian Government (Federal and State-level) are essential, as is a long-term commitment to each school. 

20 634

schools with safe water systems (2021)

8,6 million

of kids with access to water in schools (end of 2021)


Teacher, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Teaching was always my passion, even as a young girl I was tutoring my younger siblings and neighbours’ kids. Before Impact Water was available in my school, boiling was the only tool we had to provide drinking water for my students. The school struggled with the cost of firewood as well as the hours lost to the chore of boiling water. I was searching for sustainable solutions until I met Zacch, CEO of Impact Water Nigeria, who offered a water treatment system my school could afford.

I would recommend to all of the schools to install the Impact Water system. Before our students had a lot of problems with stomach pain, diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases. Now with Impact Water we have safe drinking water always available in the school. Kids can take water whenever they are thirsty and they do not miss class due to waterborne disease anymore.”



East Africa

  • Inhabitants: 434 million
  • Annual income per capita: 2 406 USD
  • Only one in four people in Africa has access to a safe source of drinking water (ONU)
Play video

In 2010, Randy Welsch, an American investor and businessman and his son Galen, a former Peace Corps member, founded Jibu to create meaningful economic opportunities for entrepreneurs as well as affordable access to safe water for people. This is how they came with the idea of developing a network of franchisees selling Jibu water.

Jibu (Swahili word for “solution”) started to open the first water kioks in Rwanda and Uganda at the same time with the vision to prove the replicability of the model. Today Jibu operates in 8 countries, expanding its franchise model in East Africa, and launched 154 franchises.


kiosks in the 5 East Africa countries


jobs created

101,888 million

liters sold (2021)


Jibu Entrepreneur, Kampala, Uganda

I was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. I’ve always been involved in my local community and am very well aware of the challenges of unemployment and lack of access to safe drinking water.

I am an old friend of Randy Welsch, co-founder of Jibu, and when one bright afternoon Randy explained his idea of water kiosks to me, I was very excited to become part of this great story. Jibu gave me everything I needed to start a successful business – start-up capital, state of the art technology, and expert business advice.

Becoming a Jibu franchisee brought me regular income to support my family and brought to the neighbourhood affordable safe drinking water just steps from their home. As the business is growing I needed a helping hand. This was a great opportunity to generate jobs for people in my community and to bring positive change.” 


Naandi community water services


  • Inhabitants: 1 366,4 million
  • Annual income per capita: 7 680 USD
  • Less than 50% of the population in India has access to safely managed drinking water. Chemical contamination of water, mainly through fluoride and arsenic, is present in 1.96 million dwellings. (source)
Play video

India as a nation ranks 120 out of 122 countries for its water quality and has the largest number of people without access to safe drinking water globally, at 75.8 million people.

Naandi Community Water Services (NCWS) is one of India’s largest social enterprises established in 2010; working with a mission to improve lives of the underserved communities by providing access to safe drinking water in a sustainable manner. They do this by setting up decentralized community water centers in regions where the existing sources of drinking water are contaminated (with chemical and microbial contaminants) and unfit for consumption.

NCWS core belief is that successful community mobilization is central to sustainable safe water projects; accordingly the organizations approach emphasizes participatory community involvement through the development of local capacity in managing and delivering self-sustainable services. The model is based on a tripartite partnership between a local community, a donor and NCWS. NCWS manages this partnership from the selection of the location, procuring the equipment, ensuring quality, awareness building, community engagement, driving behavior change, to training community resources to operate and manage the water center and monitoring.

So far, NCWS has reached out to over 640 communities across 7 states in India, impacting the lives of over 750,000 people.

The burden of waterborne diseases among children in India is one of the highest globally. In order to safeguard the health of the children and make them the agents of change in the community, NCWS, under its School Water Program ensures free access to safe drinking water and hygiene education to children at schools and crèche centers in the communities it operates. NCWS has reached out to about 50,000 children as part of its School Water Program in 2019.


kiosks in India (March 2020)


kiosks being managed by Naandi currently (December 2021)


total people accessing water daily from these kiosks

192 000

Liters sold from these kiosks (FY 2021)


kids in school program (2021)


people getting training in WASH program (FY 2019-20)


Student, Jhajjar, Haryana, India

“My name is Dalaya, I live in the village of Jhajjar. I was responsible for collecting water for my family. It was a long walk from my house to community water well and I needed to walk the distance daily and carry heavy water jars. Sometimes I was missing class as collecting the water run took a lot of time and energy.

Today there is a Naandi water kiosk in my village, very close to my house, and my mother goes and buys water there. The water is safe and affordable. It tastes good too. My mother has more time now, so she took on sewing, to have some income and support the family. I’m a very good student and now I’m never late to school anymore.” 




  • Inhabitants: 16,3 million
  • Annual income per capita: 3 670 USD
  • Almost 4 million people lacks access to safe drinking water, majority of them live in rural areas
Play video

Oshun was created as an initiative from 3 French companies, including the Société du Canal de Provence, to address the issue of safe drinking water in the Sahel.

In Senegal, a big portion of the population is still facing challenges in accessing safe drinking water, including unequal access to potable water and sanitation services.

Oshun provides a small, easy-to-run and designed-in-house water treatment system that is installed in a kiosk, treating water from the nearby water drill. This kiosk is run by a local entrepreneur, usually female, who sells the water to local communities at an affordable price. They currently run 45 water kiosks equipped with a range of autonomous water treatments and plan to continue expanding in the Sahel.

2,7 million

liters of safe water sold in 2021


women employed + women direct investors through GIE


water kiosks


Kiosk Manager, Senegal

When I was just a girl, I was dreaming about being a “business woman”. I was raised by a small-scale farmer in the village far from the busy Dakar and I was lucky to be able to go to school and work towards achieving my dreams. When Oshun came to my village, searching for entrepreneurs to run water kiosks, I knew this is what I imagined as a dream job. I was happy knowing that my daughter and the rest of the girls would not have to walk the same path as me collecting water and I became an entrepreneur. Today I am a real business woman.”