Shared Value

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Everybody Can Contribute

These are simple conditions such as giving birth at a hospital, plant trees or build latrines in their communities, among others. By setting these requirements NGOs can have more incentives to deliver their work in public health, education and the protection of the environment. 

As a social enterprise Solvatten supports community led initiatives to work on sustainable development. This support is one of the key principles at Solvatten, as Petra Wadström, inventor and founder of Solvatten, says:

“I’m a firm believer in self help, so it’s important that those we’re trying to reach out to also contribute with something for Solvatten. This will mean that it will be used more frequently, appreciated more and that it will be taken care of.

Collaboration is Key to Ensure Success

We feel really inspired by the progress that our partners are making to meet the SGDs Goals. However, the clock is counting down for 2030 to eradicate extreme poverty and we do not want to miss any opportunity to help advancing the work of different organisations towards sustainable development and decarbonisation.

Solvatten shall inspire other entrepreneurs and innovators to raise their voice and come up with great solutions to address climate change! 

Creating Value Together

Solvatten can add multiple values that are easy to measure. We believe that any project we would like to engage with has cost sharing as a component. It is important that we share the efforts and that everyone contributes with something to make a successful and sustained impact. A general advice is when people are enrolling to a project that they pay the enrolling fee to cover some of the project operating costs.

Please read below examples for the different areas of cost-sharing with NGOs and Government Organisations. Hopefully they can trigger new ideas for you to better calculate your impact and how Solvatten can add value to your mission.


Reforestation NGOs and Departments of Forestry

To get Solvatten jerry cans users need to preserve the trees.

In Uganda, Solvatten has worked in partnership with EcoTrust Uganda and Chain ,local organisations that identify the environmental issues around Uganda and work directly with the communities experiencing those issues. Solvatten helped these organisations to reduce deforestation by distributing Solvatten jerry cans. Eco Trust calculates the amount of firewood that has been avoided from burning trees and they work out the carbon dioxide that has been saved … Learn more

… and calculate the number of credits and use that to make the Solvatten unit more affordable for users. about this partnership in this video.  

In Uganda, the impact of Solvatten on individuals and communities was really strong. For example, a local cook for a small hotel, Nakanja Masitula who needed to boil the water for her customers, could save more money and have more clients thanks to Solvatten.  

In Kenya, Solvatten collaborated with Sustainable energy VI Agroforestry Project, in Bungoma County, one of the poorest regions where vast forests have become a wasteland. Solvatten helped to reduce deforestation preventing farmers from cutting down trees for firewood to boil their water while adding value to the already existing reforestation project led by VI Agroforestry Project. To get Solvatten jerry cans users need to preserve the trees. Learn more about this collaboration in this video.

 In Haiti, after the devastating earthquake of 2010, which led to different outbreaks of cholera, Solvatten participated, in 2011, in The Green Haiti Project.  

Parc National La Visite was under severe devastation after the earthquake. It was a water source for 4 million people and a unique place for fauna and flora, with high rate of biodiversity and a place for a potential for Eco Enterprises, Eco Tourism, Universities Research and Development.  

Solvatten was part of a multi energy solution to save the trees in this national park, and the foundation also distributed solar lights and an envirovert energy efficient cookstove in an attempt to support the build up of Haiti and empowering local women to manage their small businesses (i.e. street food stalls) and to engage in the development of the local economy.  

This joint project benefited one million Haitians by providing energy efficient cook stoves, portable solar lamps and Solvatten-Solar Safe Water System. with Fondation Seguin. This sustainability-driven NGO was created 2004 by a group of young local professionals and Haitian businessmen who want to make a real difference for the future of their country. And it is urgent since the continuing degradation of Haiti’s environment is threatening to destabilise the already fragile country.  

* Costs for planting a tree and caring for its growth $ 5.

NGOs and Government Organisations Working in Public Health

Solvatten, an incentive for mothers to give birth in the clinic and vaccinate their children.

In southern Kenya, near Mombasa, Solvatten collaborated with Kinondo Kwetu Trust Fund, which is a private health clinic that has been set up to help the local communities with basic health services. Solvatten collaborated to stop the increase of waterborne diseases in children under five-year-old. There were conditions for these families such as giving birth at the clinic and vaccinating the children, had they failed of doing so they had to return the jerry cans to the clinic to help other families.  Please learn more about this collaboration in this article. Learn more

The clinic was established to meet the strong need for basic health care, treatment of malaria, HIV, TB, parasites, prenatal care, deliveries, ante-natal care, vaccinations and health information.With the support from private donors a contribution of 276 Solvatten was distributed to six hundred families, around four thousand people.They are especially vulnerable families, where children suffer from malnutrition, hygiene is poor and water quality is poor.

In Mali, Solvatten, work with Plan International to improve the health of schools and hospitals. In Kenya, we collaborated with INGRID primary school (please see pictures and film on flickr.  ).

By improving the health of children, Solvatten was an incentive at schools to ensure students attendance.

* $ 40 is the annual cost for health care per person in the Sub-Saharan region.

NGOs and Government Organisations Working in Sanitation

To get Solvatten jerry cans families needed to build and maintain the sanitation facilities.

In Kenya, Solvatten collaborated with IKARE Ltd, UK, EUNISCA-SSPP in co-operation with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Kikoni Slum. This collaboration was a hygiene and sanitation initiative to improve access to clean water for these communities. In order to get Solvatten jerry cans families needed to build and maintain the sanitation facilities. Learn more in this article. * Hygiene infrastructure per year in a Kenyan school costs $ 108.

Supporting Farmer Cooperatives

To get Solvatten farmers need to intercrop trees.

In Kenya, Solvatten collaborated with sugar and coffee grower cooperatives. Solvatten improved the lives for farmers suffering from poor water, to improve their wellbeing, health and prosperity, strengthening the value change and adding value to women cooperatives and local coffee farmer organisations. Solvatten jerry cans were distributed provided that farmers were caring for the intercropping trees. These are vital to give shade to the coffee buses. * A coffee plant in Kenya can produce 40 kilograms of coffee in its life.Please learn more in the following video. 

Incentive to Enrol in Loans and Savings Groups

To get Solvatten women needed to engage in their local cooperatives.

In Bungoma, in Kenya, Solvatten collaborated with a women led cooperative. The jerry cans were an incentive for women to enrol in this cooperative where they can have access to small loans to sustain their domestic economies. Learn more in this video. 

Humanitarian Aid

Providing energy to people in a humanitarian crisis, i.e. refugee camps, is costly, Solvatten can reduce energy cost while helping refugees to start a new life when the humanitarian crisis is over.

In Kenya and Uganda , Solvatten has been supplied in refugee camps. In Uganda UNHCR supports beneficiaries in the refugees settlement, host community, boarder points and health centres of Palabek Kal. These users needed to take responsibility to use and to store the water safely when this is possible. Please learn more here.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Incentivising to improve hygiene standards and homes.

In Mali a partnership was set up with Water and Sanitation for Africa. To get Solvatten users were supported to improve kitchen building and to storage water safely. This was the condition to keep Solvatten jerry cans.

Benefits for Staff

Healthy life ensures a better work place and results. Many NGOs use Solvatten in their working places in rural compounds. They save money from buying bottled water while reducing plastic waste.

In Uganda, Kakira Sugar Works Ltd uses Solvatten to provide a safe working environment for the employees and the public as well as, a healthy work place and homes. 


Building Trust

Solvatten has spent 10 years of building know-how, experience and evidence around the concept; we see impact, we have gained recognition, acceptance and we have build trust from NGO’s, Governments, community groups, academic institutions and donors. We seek partnerships with health, forestation and climate orientated organisations  as well as micro pay-as you-go service providers so that we can offer our users, organisations and governments the tools they need to make positive progress on life and society.

Solvatten is an accredited supplier to 18 UN organisations (such as UNICEF, UNEP, FAO, WFP and UNDP) 6 and more than 15 renowned NGO’s have conducted projects with the technology. 

A variety of projects have been implemented using Solvatten as a key component. We continue to explore and expand the reach of  Solvatten through various projects and distribution models. We are especially interested in collaborating with NGOs and Government Organisations working in these areas:

  • WASH programmes
  • HIV/AIDS clinics
  • Health/maternity clinics
  • Climate/energy efficiency projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurs
  • Savings and Loans Groups
  • Nutrition programs

Partnering with Solvatten to Make Progress

Solvatten addresses global challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change. Since 2007, Solvatten has  initiated 45 projects reaching out over 300.000 people living in more than 20 developing countries. Right from the beginning Solvatten has worked in collaboration with NGOs and governments to advance sustainable development in countries where families do not have basic infrastructure.

Let’s join forces and work together for change!

Email us to: info@solvatten.org