In November 2018, the MegaGroup management team and Amref Health Africa were challenged and guided by Better Future to work together on water projects in Kenya. The goal was to develop a plan for local social businesses that bring drinking water to remote communities. The cooperation has resulted in a long-term relationship between Amref Health Africa and MegaGroup. Together they will develop a social business model to build drinking water access points in Kenya and in doing so they make water available for consumption, sanitation and irrigation.
With a population of 46 million, 41 percent of Kenyans still rely on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers, while 59 percent of Kenyans use unimproved sanitation solutions. These challenges are especially evident in the rural areas and the urban slums. Only 9 out of 55 public water service providers in Kenya provide continuous water supply, leaving people to find their own ways of searching for appropriate solutions to these basic needs.
In rural areas people often have to walk 2 hours for water for drinking and cooking, so there is very little time and energy left for developing other activities such as irrigating the fields and growing crops. But even in remote and poor areas, water is often handled as a social enterprise. Villages together help build water projects and have to pay for the use of it. The Amref team exists out of people from all over Kenya working on improving water and health in their region. Often with personal experience of what the lack of water can cause. The expertise of MegaGroup, experience of Amref and the entrepreneurial spirit of the local people are combined in a new-to-build business model to make drinking water available to many parts of Kenya for consumption, sanitation and irrigation. The ambition is to improve the lives of people in 1,000 communities over the next three years.
MegaGroup refuses to accept that water is scarce and see it as their purpose to make water accessible to improve the lives of people. The cooperation with Amref is part of this purpose and an amazing opportunity to make a difference. Together they want to ‘Bring water to life’.
MegaGroup is the holding organization for seven technical wholesale companies across Europe dealing in water distribution systems. Over 250 employees service customers in irrigation, water treatment, geothermal and the swimming pool business every day to bring water to life in the most efficient and effective way. In and outside Europe.
Better Future is a Leadership & Strategy consultancy specialising in designing and facilitating learning experiences on purpose driven growth. Based in the Netherlands, operating globally. Connecting Companies with ngo’s/not for profits, initiating social impact. Better Future is a certified B-Corp.
Amref Health Africa is an international health organisation founded and headquartered in Kenya. With over half a century of experience in delivering healthcare and building health systems in Africa, Amref Health Africa supports those at the heart of communities, particularly women and children, to bring about lasting health change.
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