Access to water and employment are widespread problems in Africa.
Sometimes though, it’s not that the water isn’t available, but that it’s contaminated and not potable. Or that it’s there, but not easily accessible.
It was these realities that inspired Kigali-based social entrepreneur and activist and mechanical engineer Christelle Kwizera to establish Water Access Rwanda (WARwanda) in 2014. The idea, she says, was to reduce the scarcity of water in the country while simultaneously providing young people with employment. She also wanted to help reduce the time and the money Rwandans spend on accessing water and eliminate the need to treat it extensively before using it.
WARwanda uses hydrogeology expertise and vertical electrical sounding data to assess sites for boreholes and provides manual, semi-automated and mechanical drilling services to drill boreholes and shallow water wells, and establish solar water kiosks. The company also provides a range of pumps and water filters for household and communal use, and systems for farmers, communities, businesses, schools, restaurants and the like. Services include installation and maintenance.
The focus, says Kwizera — who, in addition to being company CEO is also WARwanda’s lead engineer — is always on convenience, affordability and durability as well as long-term access to quality water.
The company has also partnered with Lifewater International, which has developed a series of hygiene programmes called Water Access, Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH), to provide training to help reduce diseases caused by the lack of clean water. As such, WARwanda is certified to provide water testing and hygiene training.
With a management team all under the age of 30, Kwizera (who is 23) hopes to employ 100 people by 2020.
Article Source: Business Day