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

competition to develop water carts and storage vessels appropriate for community-based business models to distribute water.
 
  • PureFlow, which distributes household water purification solutions, will develop a scalable business model for delivery of safe drinking water through a business-in-a-box safe water kiosk system.

 
  • Umande Trust, an NGO which works on sanitation, will create "water choice points," that allow customers to have options around purchasing and transporting water.

"We're very excited to see the work that has already begun," said Sangeeta Chowdhry, Ripple Effect Project Manager, Acumen Fund. "The ideas these organizations are piloting represent creative, out-of-the-box approaches to improving water treatment, delivery and storage in rural areas and informal settlements of Kenya."

Through its investments in the water sector, Acumen Fund has come to understand many of the challenges entrepreneurs face in providing safe, clean water to their customers. These latest Ripple Effect pilots seek to secure the "last mile" of water delivery. Having successfully completed its first phase in India with five organizations, Ripple Effect recently launched its East Africa phase: first by conducting an assessment of is
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