Given that people are willing and able to pay for drinking water, in the Shujola project (2019-2021) Swisscontact has helped local entrepreneurs to build and operate water kiosks with clean and affordable water in suburban areas. The water kiosk business model has proven very successful in the urban context, and the team now tests two different water kiosk models in the rural context.
In the community water kiosk model, a local SME is given support to establish a water kiosk. The water kiosk offers residents an affordable subscription to safe drinking water. Subscribers become co-owners of the water kiosk. As members of the water kiosk management board, their representatives earn decision-making rights in business and operational matters, playing a key role in sensitizing the local population.
In the school water kiosk model, a local SME is given support to build a water kiosk at a school. The school provides the land and access to water and power. The school directors are represented in a water committee that manages and guides the activities of the water kiosk. The kiosk has two windows: one facing the recreational area for the schoolchildren and teachers, and the other facing the road. The kiosk sells water in bottles and canisters to local residents (at lower prices), as well as to commercial clients and retailers (at higher prices) from the surrounding area. Through the schoolyard-facing window, the kiosk offers all schoolchildren and teachers a free daily ration of drinking water.
This project is financed by Lokales Wasser 37 AG / Max Ditting AG. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.