Women’s Forum in Rome focus on inequality

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

As a part of Italy´s G7 Group agenda, an international conference focusing on the role of women and sustainable development was held April 7th-8th. There were four thematic workgroups:

• Investing in girls’ economic empowerment: closing the gender gap to foster growth
• Women, health and science
• Social inequalities and the future of democracy
• Women and girls on the move: refugees, migration and integration

Economic Empowerment for Girls

Petra Wadström participated and contributed with her expertise on addressing economic empowerment for girls. Solvatten is internationally well known to help women and families improve their health and prosperity. At the workshop there was a focus on new technologies and the future of jobs.

Other measures

Digital education can also be a tool for empowering girls, and also how economic measures  can be used to close the gender pay gap in markets. Representatives from WE‐Women Empower the World; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IKEA, Brussels and the United States participated.

“I am very honored to be invited to participate in this important international forum. It is imperative that we create joint initiatives across the world to promote women´s opportunities for a sustainable lifestyle. Solvatten has always worked with the goal in mind of providing hot, safe and clean water to millions of families throughout the world. It is a tool giving women and girls more social freedom and safety, and removing inequitable work burdens”, comments Petra Wadström, inventor of Solvatten.

To read more about what W7 group is about.

Fundraising for safe water through washing cars

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2/3 of Swedes wash their cars at home or on the streets, releasing the spill of oil and products into the environment. We think it is a good idea to give OKQ8’s customers an extra incentive to choose the right service station to wash their car and reduce the damaging effects. Doing so will help more Ugandan families to have access to safe water and a more dignified life! 

In Sweden cars are being bashed with water that is so clean that you can drink it…

Interview in UN podcast

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Using Sun to Heat and Treat Water in Kenya’s Urban Slums
A Momentum for Change Podcast

UN podcast

A sunshine story

Friday, March 10, 2017

Petra Wadström wins EU Prize for Women Innovators

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In a tough competition, Mrs. Petra Wadström, founder of Solvatten, is awarded the EU Prize for Women Innovators. In this European-wide competition focus was placed on recognizing the most-talented and successful woman entrepreneur in Europe. The Solvatten Company has provided a unique combination of clean, hot water to over 250 000 recipients world-wide.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation says:

-I would like to applaud you for your outstanding achievements as an entrepreneur working in science and innovation: Europe needs you more than ever! Your example will inspire the next generation of women innovators to challenge themselves bring their ideas to market and create products and services of lasting value for our society.”

– Solvatten is all about encouraging a collaborative approach so that we can together with more women connect and contribute to a sustainable living in the world that we share, comments Mrs. Petra Wadström, CEO of Solvatten.

The EU Prize for Women Innovators was launched in 2011 to give public recognition to outstanding women entrepreneurs who brought their innovative ideas to the market.

Solvatten contributes to several of UN;s sustainability goals, among them the reduction of poverty, better health and clean water. What started as a dream a little over 10 years ago, the strong results of providing Solvatten to so many women and families in the world tell their own story. Sustainability can be measured in family achieving a higher economic standard, less diseases, and daily access to safe, hot water.

More information can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/women-innovators

Newsletter – From a Good Source

Monday, March 6, 2017

A group of pregnant women and birth attendants meet for an introduction to Solvatten held by staff from Kinondo Health clinic. Properly used Solvatten will give clean, hot water which helps mothers improve health and wellbeing of their families. Awareness of the importance of good hygiene practice is key to prevent disease.

March Newsletter

Welcome to Solvatten!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

We welcome Charlotte Kohler Lindahl to Solvatten. She has been working at Karolinska Institutet, SIWI and the Folksam Insurance Group. She will be managing the Charitable Foundation and help to set a strategy and to coordinate fundraising activities > together with the newly founded foundation in the USA. Read Charlotte’s thoughts about why Solvatten was a first choice to her:

MY URGE FOR CONCRETE ACTION

My background: With my experience of working with broad collaborations in previous organisations I felt an urge to really dig deeper into what concrete solutions are around which can holistically address many of the UN SDG goals. It´s important not only to me but also for my children and the generation after them to not waste time on too far-fetched goals but also to really be practical about it. I wanted to explore in depth the Solvatten universe that really has such a potential to help millions of people to prosper. The team and I at Solvatten have set an ambitious goal to work to reach the first million users by 2020, today we have reached  250.000, comments Charlotte Kohler Lindahl.

WHATS THE PROBLEM?

Charlotte Köhler Lindahl gives a clear picture of what is involved in accessing safe, hot water.

-All water/humanitarian experts agree that both the availability and affordability of household water treatment products are needed to reach SDG #6, especially in those areas of the world where infrastructure and communities are neglected. But the problem is not that chlorine can´t be found in a street-shop or that people are ignorant or unaware of the importance of cleanliness and having a good hygiene, because of course they do. Living on the base of the pyramid is a deeply undignified situation and having a good hygiene carries a price. It won´t automatically happen without the family (most of the time it´s a woman) taking the cost for hygiene. So the problem lays there, in her daily struggle, and adds:

-A water treatment technology needs to save money, be easily accessible without being forced upon, and better address the struggles of daily life. This is where Solvatten comes in – because it´s not only giving access to safe water, but also hot water. These all have high relevance to health, hygiene and the life situation of a family.

ADVANTAGES OF SAFE, HOT WATER

-It also brings energy and time savings especially to women and girls, (SDG #5). When asking users about the benefits of Solvatten, we are told that the water from Solvatten is of high value because it is hot. It is clear that the off-grid household in the developing world has obviously the same need of safe and hot water as everybody else has. (Approximately 60 % of the water a household uses in Sweden is actually hot). The safe, hot water has also been picked up by many women  who use their Solvatten to boost local businesses which creates new opportunities (SDG#8). Looking at the environmental benefits, reducing deforestation and adding renewables to the worlds energy mix (SDG #7) that Solvatten offers, it makes it a win-win case, says Charlotte Köhler Lindahl.

TRUST IS CENTRAL

-As I was previously working at Folksam Insurance Group, I co-initiated an innovative micro-insurance product in Kenya, I travelled around a lot and met so many people living under harsh conditions. I’ve learned what is crucial when having a “change agenda”- that all our differences can be overcome with trust. And trusting a product like Solvatten that holds over time (7-10 years) and has quality, is of essence. The change then comes naturally when experiencing an immediate improvement in health for a family, (SDG#3).

AFTER TRUST – AVAILABILITY.

-This is what we will do now: We will continue our work to support Maternal Health Clinics in Kenya and further build our case and prove our concept to the Ministry of Health. We also are about to create an Emergency Relief Fund – to promptly be ready to reach out in case of any emergency, like we already do in Haiti.

AND FINALLY

-Happy to be on the Solvatten team! concludes Charlotte Köhler Lindahl.

EU Women Innovators Prize 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

EU Women Innovators Prize 2017

Petra Wadström, founder of Solvatten is one of 9 finalists for the EU prize for women Innovators 2017. Discover the 9 finalists in the video for the EU prize for women Innovators 2017 and the 3 finalists for the new EU rising innovator awards. EU will be announcing the winners in March 2017.
The EU Prize for Women Innovators 2017 competition awards female entrepreneurs who have successfully brought an innovation to market.

17 ways → 17 SDG´s

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The United Nations is promoting a new sustainable development agenda. THE UN SDG’s is a new set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.

No Poverty: Solvatten tackles some of the underlying factors that keep people in poverty. It improves health and productivity; it saves money and time, therefore it helps people lift themselves out of poverty.

No Hunger: Poor hygiene and lack of safe water play a big role in leading to and exacerbating malnutrion among children especially. Solvatten directly tackles water and hygiene related diseases, such as intestinal worms. The heated water makes the transition from breastmilk easier and less risky.

Good Health: Since Solvatten can reduce the incidence of diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases among users, and especially in children, many lives can be saved. Using Solvatten keeps the poverty related diseases away. Safe water and improved hygiene practices will reduce vulnerability to the major infectious diseases.

Quality Education: Good health makes time for school. So will easing the heavy load for children to provide the household with firewood and water from distant water sources. Globally 300-400 million days of schooling are missed because children have diarrhoea. 

Gender Equality: When parents in developing countries have insufficient money for school fees, they often send the boys to school, and not the girls. The time and money saved by replacing use of solid fuels  will provide time for income-generating activities and give more girls the opportunity to go to school. Women are saving up to 3 hours a day when using Solvatten. Less time spent on finding fuel in unsafe locations means less exposure and incidence of gender-based violence. 

Clean Water and Sanitation: Apart from being a technology that purifies water to the highest level of WHO guidelines for safe water, Solvatten also recognizes the importance of heated water for hygiene and health.

Renewable Energy: Solvatten runs on 100% green power, the sun.

Good Jobs and Economic Growth: Solvatten will provide time and opportunity for income-generating activities. Fewer sick days means fewer days without work and pay, while every extra year in school means higher income as an adult. Solvatten also provides its users with business opportunities, as it increases the quality of the goods (e.g. milk) or services (e.g hairstylists) they provide

Innovation and Infrastructure: Solvatten is an innovative technology bridging humanitarian aid and development while recognizing and utilizing the water-energy nexus, leading to resource efficiency.

Reduced Inequalities: Hot and cold water from a tap at home is a distant dream for more than a billion people. Equality means equal access to the basics that create a dignified life.

Sustainable Cities and Communities: Solvatten provides a sustainable clean energy and water solution that is environmentally friendly and carbon neutral, it provides for a safer and cleaner community. Being energy and water efficient, Solvatten eases the pressures that increasing urbanization puts on energy and fresh water supplies. It also makes urban communities less vulnerable to utility service cuts and water-related disasters.

Responsible Consumption: Solvatten improves water, energy, and time efficiency.

Climate Action: Over 800 million households worldwide currently use solid fuels. For every one of these households CO2 emissions could be reduced by 1 ton per year if they changed from heating/boiling with solid fuels to using Solvatten

Life Below Water: Through reducing CO2 emissions, Solvatten reduces ocean acidification which negatively impacts ocean ecosystems.

Life On Land: Since 2009, Solvatten has reduced the need to burn over 1,000 hectares of forest.

Peace and Justice: People have to coexist with very few resources which can lead to conflicts over water and fuelwood. Going solar with SOLVATTEN is helping to drive down conflict by reducing people’s need for fuel, water and helping to build healthier families and communities.

Partnerships for the Goals: Solvatten engages people, organisations and other companies throughout the world. This is creating awareness, practical action and business opportunities locally and internationally. We work through partnerships that span the private sector, the not-for-profit sector and academia. What’s more, we do not work in developmental silos – but bridge health, energy, environment, economic and gender empowerment, disaster relief and development issues for a cross-sectoral approach.

If you are interested in aligning your company or organisation around these goals Solvatten is an ideal way to get involved in this global effort.

Read More about the UN’s SDG

London Times Featuring Solvatten in Special report

Friday, December 9, 2016

The future calls for fresh thinking about freshwater with businesses and governments collaborating to manage sustainable water use – and avoid a global crisis. We are excited that Solvatten is part of this special report.

Our additional comment to the many smart articles on water and sustainability in this publication is important: That people and business will always need to invest in high quality, smart design and aesthetic values because it is central for winning hearts. The same goes for people living in poverty. The decision makers and organisations that works to improve the lives of the poor needs to understand that aspirations are powerful motivators of behavior change. Just think about the clean and hot water that most people reading this usually takes for granted.

To special report