Sunshine stories from Kenya

Friday, June 30, 2017

‘’Before we have been suffering, especially the children with constant stomach problems which have ended and reduced after we started using the Solvatten container” says Ann Kiwera, mother of 2 children.

17,3 million people live without access to safe water in Kenya, even a greater number does not have electricity. In situations like this, people need sustainable solutions that can be of assistance to improve living standards and to the development of the country.

Solvatten and International Aid Services (IAS), collaborates in order to support people that are vulnerable, particularly the people affected by the climate changes in Kenya. Improved health, less need to burn firewood and enhanced use of solar power are the three building blocks in this project. Axfood is the corporate partner supporting the project and a large reason why it started and has been so successful throughout the years.

So far, this project has reached over 1,000 families in the Tharaka County in Kenya. IAS has worked in the area for many years and has great experience in the region. Through IAS’ network, Solvatten’s water containers are introduced and presented in an effective way to the following target groups: new mothers, families with small children, healthcare personal and agricultural cooperatives. With Solvatten provided and the attached hygiene education, many prominent health issues can be forestalled in Tharaka, (such as cholera, typhoid, viruses or parasites). The initiative also helps the targeted groups to better cope with the climate changes taking place in Sub Sahara. Unanticipated whether conditions and increased deforestation have serious negative effects on water availability and quality, as well as, the environment in general. Erosion increases as the forest decreases and the rivers now completely dry out during the dry-season, which was extremely rare a couple of years ago. In addition, sustained heat waves and drought make people in the region more exposed and vulnerable to climate change.

By cooperating with Solvatten AB, Axfood partly compensates for their emission to the environment. An approximation of the diminishing emissions directly tied to this project reaches 5,800 tCO2. The goal, described above is to make an effort to help the people, the environment and the climate. By increasing the use of Solvatten globally, one is also in support of the United Nation’s long-term vision of trying to be part of a development that caters our needs without compromising coming generations opportunities to cater theirs.

Together, we can help the people that are the most vulnerable and exposed to climate changes and injustices.

 

Please join us at this important event!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

On May 31, Solvatten has the privilege of participating in the Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium at Grand Hotel, Stockholm.

Meet many of the key philanthropy profiles and hear their views on the latest trends. What can new technology contribute in this area? How can sustainability goals be reached with the right partnerships?

Read more about this unique event and sign up at http://www.filantropi.eu/ 

We hope to see you there!

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

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