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Acumen Fund Announces Ripple Effect Pilot Projects In Kenya To Identify Innovative Solutions To Water Challenges
Date:12/1/2009

Pilots will enable local organizations to test new ideas for delivery and storage of safe water for consumers who lack access

New York (PRWEB) December 1, 2009 -- Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture firm addressing poverty in South Asia and East Africa, announced that it has selected four organizations in Kenya to conduct pilot programs to address issues of safe water transportation and storage.

The pilot programs are part of a broader project called Ripple Effect, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which brings together Acumen Fund and IDEO, a leading design firm, to apply design thinking and entrepreneurial, market-based solutions to the challenges of safe water storage and delivery. Acumen Fund and IDEO worked in collaboration to identify and partner with the following local organizations in the water sector, each of which received innovation grants to pilot their ideas across Kenya and pro-bono consulting support in technical design and business models:

 
  • Kentainers, a manufacturer of water and sanitation containers, will develop a model for water kiosks that include water storage, treatment, and container washing stations.

 
  • Maji Na Ufanisi, an NGO that builds community toilets and water kiosks in informal settlements, will host a design
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