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A new way to tackle water poverty in Malawi and beyond.


Beyond Water is a social enterprise. Which is building sustainable local economies and working to end aid dependency through the creation of businesses and jobs with an economic and social impact.

Ending water poverty for good.

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A new way to tackle water poverty in Malawi and beyond.


Beyond Water is a social enterprise. Which is building sustainable local economies and working to end aid dependency through the creation of businesses and jobs with an economic and social impact.

Ending water poverty for good.

 


What are our goals?

Every community pump user, small-scale farmer and householder we work with secures reliable and sustainable access to clean, safe water for domestic and irrigation purposes. We achieve lasting positive change by harnessing the power of the community and local businesses to provide access to affordable, innovative and sustainable water and sanitation solutions. Creating jobs and prosperity, leading to better health and economic opportunities.

 
 

Going forward, over the next 3 years we aim to support 60 entrepreneurs to set up sustainable businesses with the potential to improve the lives and livelihoods of over 400,000 people in rural Malawi through the sale of affordable community, irrigation and household pump products and services. 

 
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Why is a new approach needed?


Community pumps break down and may take a long while to get fixed (a non-functionality rate of around a third is certainly not uncommon), small scale farmers, 80% of the population, barely use any form of irrigation (just 11% at the last count) and convenient access to water is defined as a pump within a 500m round trip (which is far from convenient).

In 2016, over 6,000,000 Malawians were rated as food insecure in a country with relatively high levels of easily accessible ground water. Sadly, far from addressing these issues, the widespread free distribution of community pumps and inappropriate technologies have prevented the development of local markets and perpetuated aid dependency. 

 

There’s no ownership, no option and no market for the millions who want and can invest in their own access to water.

Why is a new approach needed?


Community pumps break down and may take a long while to get fixed (a non-functionality rate of around a third is certainly not uncommon), small scale farmers, 80% of the population, barely use any form of irrigation (just 11% at the last count) and convenient access to water is defined as a pump within a 500m round trip (which is far from convenient).

In 2016, over 6,000,000 Malawians were rated as food insecure in a country with relatively high levels of easily accessible ground water. Sadly, far from addressing these issues, the widespread free distribution of community pumps and inappropriate technologies have prevented the development of local markets and perpetuated aid dependency. 

 

There’s no ownership, no option and no market for the millions who want and can invest in their own access to water.

How do we work?

We encourage local entrepreneurs to create small businesses which transform the lives of thousands of people by selling affordable pumps and services to communities across Malawi. We give people choices, create jobs and improve health and prosperity by reducing the need for ongoing external aid. We invest in local economies, creating opportunity eliminating dependency.  

 
 
beyond water award winning water social enterprise NGO maria phiri

We bring broken community pumps back into use

Beyond Water trains local entrepreneurs in technical and business skills, including how to repair and maintain community water pumps. We encourage communities to buy ongoing maintenance contracts to ensure their water source is clean, safe and always available and we create supply chains to ensure that there is always a source of spare parts.

beyond water award winning water social enterprise NGO memory and her husband

We improve food security and livelihoods

We improve food security by enabling farmers to generate more harvests and more produce through using irrigation.  This is achieved by providing training on water conservation and giving them access to affordable irrigation pumps for which the investment can be recouped within a year.

beyond water award winning water social enterprise NGO Elizabeth and a household water pump


We provide access to safe water which is convenient and reliable

Improved access to water is defined as a 500m round trip, which is far from convenient and, because the majority of water fetching falls on women, this is a major cause of gender inequality. We encourage households to invest in bringing water closer to their homes, freeing up time for work and education and increasing the use of water for hygienic purposes. 

beyond water award winning water social enterprise NGO female entrepereneur

We encourage women to become social entrepreneurs

We support urban waste and sanitation heroes. Women who make money through providing an affordable household refuse collection service and by selling the compost they make from it. These entrepreneurs also improve health in their communities by selling a wide range of household goods and services such as water filters, soap and latrine slabs.

beyond water award winning water social enterprise NGO rural communities now have water

We transform the lives of those in rural communities

We improve health and opportunities for small, isolated populations that are often overlooked by other agencies because their size makes them uneconomic for large-scale community water point schemes. We provide affordable solutions that are suitable for small communities and give them the means to look after their own water supplies long after we have left.

beyond water award winning water social enterprise NGO children at the cbcc

We give children a chance to stay healthy and achieve their potential 

We create a safe environment for young children in Malawi to develop and achieve their potential by providing clean water and toilets, improved nutrition and hygiene classes to rural pre-schools and their communities. Children who are healthy, well-fed and practice good hygiene are more likely to stay healthy, attend school more regularly and thrive when they get there.