Prepare for the future

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It is the last days of this years COP23 in Bonn. Much focus is on how to help people most affected by climate change, get the right tools and technology do help adapt and prepare for future challenges. Read the interview between Analice Martins, independent writer, activist for women’s rights and founder of Internacionalidade and David Wadström discuss how Solvatten can be a tool for companies, organisations and governments to achieve their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. On Green Post.

Here is an excerpt of the interview

 

STOCKHOLM, Nov.7(Greenpost)– Climate change is a reality and people from developing countries – specially women and children – are suffering the most. How can technology support governments to overcome these challenges?  Getting ready for the future. Credit: Solvatten. 

Here we have an interview between Analice Martins, independent writer, activist for women’s rights and founder of Internacionalidadeand David Wadström focusing on an innovation called Solvatten.  The following is the details of Q and A.

Hej, David! Thanks for having me here! Can you tell me more about Solvatten?
Hej Analice! Sure! Solvatten – which means “Sun Water” in Swedish – is a jerry can that uses solar energy to purify contaminated water. After a few hours exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, specifically UV-B, the water is free from the pathogens that cause diseases such as dysentery, salmonella and cholera. We created a durable design that stands intense heat and sunlight for many years and it has the capacity to process up to 40 liters of water per day, all we need is sunshine!

Sounds very promising! And how is Solvatten addressing global challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change?
Billions of people still use firewood to cook, heat and boil water in order to make it cleaner. There are numerous social and environmental consequences of this practice; for instance, burning firewood causes harmful indoor air pollution, releases greenhouse gas emissions, and impact the lives of many girls and women who need to walk dozens of miles every day to fetch water and firewood.
A typical household used to spend up to three hours a day to generate energy to water needs. Solvatten saves time and allow people to pursue more economically productive activities. Additionally, decreasing firewood burns is beneficial to both the household’s members as well as the trees in the local environment.

In which ways is Solvatten supporting governments and organizations to achieve their climate and development goals?
Solvatten is both a short and long-term solution. In the short term, Solvatten is a powerful relief tool for communities affected by natural disasters. Governments and International Organizations can use Solvatten in areas suffering from water contamination. In the long-term, Solvatten has been proven to be a change maker: it empowers women, increases girls’ attendance in schools, changes hygienic behaviors, and transforms its users into true climate heroes! Families have saved thousands of hectares of forest and a million trees by using Solvatten. That is real climate Action!
 

Solvatten works with governments but also green-minded companies, please tell me more about that? 
We work in partnership with governments, local organizations and corporations to provide Solvatten to millions of people living off-grid. Since 2007, we have initiated 45 projects reaching out over 300.000 people living in more than 20 developing countries. For instance, the Solvatten CSR and Climate Project provides companies and partners an opportunity to connect social and environmental impact with their business needs. An increased use of Solvatten can also improve the way a responsible company is doing business in East Africa and other emerging markets. It can really add value to their supply chains in agro-business. 

 

Can you give me an example of a successful partnership? 
Yes, good examples are the partnerships we have with sugar and coffee grower cooperatives. Solvatten plays a key role in improving the farmer’s lives at the same time it can be a practical way to offset the carbon emissions that the business contributes to. Solvatten is also being used by corporations like Axfood, International Organization such as the UN-Habitat, and environmental foundations like myclimate. 

 

It’s really inspiring! Now, to finalize, what is your biggest dream? 

My dream is to live in a world where everyone has access to safe and clean water, just as we do here in Sweden. I also hope that Solvatten shall inspire other entrepreneurs and innovators to raise their voice and come up with great solutions to address climate change! 

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

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.