Build a revolution.

For the past three years we have been helping rural households in Malawi, to increase their access to water through an approach known as self-supply.  Self-supply encourages the individual to invest in their own access to water and to buy the water products and services they need.  These products and services are provided by local businesses, real businesses that make real profits.  It has been an amazing success and, in their first 12 months of trading, the 25 small businesses we created brought clean, safe water to almost 22,000 people. That’s 25 businesses and 22,000 people.

 
 
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We developed a range of products 

We developed a range of affordable products, from the most basic to the relatively complex, which our entrepreneurs could offer to the widest possible range of customers, from those with limited means to those with plenty.

 
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We created a supply chain

We developed a supply chain, by training 25 ‘WASH entrepreneurs’ in how to hand dig and line wells, how to install and maintain rope and washer pumps and how to repair the most common faults found in community based piston pumps and boreholes

 
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We developed a new market

We developed a market, using posters, catalogues and radio and newspaper adverts to promote and differentiate our entrepreneurs, emphasising the quality of their training and the economic benefits and convenience of having an agricultural or household pump.

 
 

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Beyond Water are members of the Malawi-UK Business Group which brings together key organisations and individuals in the UK engaged in business and trade with Malawi. Beyond Water is interested in talking to anyone wishing to invest in the economic and social development of Malawi.