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

sues faced by low-income communities on the ground, followed by a workshop with local water organizations to brainstorm and create innovations that will improve water delivery and storage across Kenya and the region.

"Ripple Effect is a new model of innovation," said Sally Madsen, Project Leader, IDEO. "Rather than trying to push a single solution, we're exploring a range of methods to develop products, services, and systems that fit the missions and businesses of the Indian and Kenyan organizations with whom we are partnering."

A team from Acumen Fund and IDEO spent two weeks with the four organizations in Kenya to provide business and design mentoring to support the development of these ideas. The pilot programs will conclude at the end of January 2010 with an Award Ceremony and presentation of the results.

"The Ripple Effect project is helping fuel real innovation among these Kenyan organizations in the water sector," said Biju Mohandas, Acumen Fund's East Africa Manager. "The goal is for these water companies to adapt the best of the pilot projects and expand their implementation to more effectively serve low-income consumers across Kenya and the region."

About Acumen Fund
Acumen Fund is a nonprofit venture fund that invests in market-oriented approaches to deliver critical, affordable goods and services to the world's poor. Acumen Fund focuses on the convergence of philanthropic capital and business expertise to produce sustainable, scalable enterprises that reach underserved markets and increase access to the opportunities of the global economy. For more information on Acumen Fund's activities and investments, visit www.acumenfund.org and www.acumenfundblog.org.

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