Interview in UN podcast
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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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
EU Women Innovators Prize 2017
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.
It is our collective responsibility to actively engage a transformational world, it is even more ideal for us to engage the most deprived communities in this transformational world. The desire to achieve slum development and poverty eradication in the long run is the driving force behind this initiative.
Ian Calvin Waiswa, the founder and director to the SSPP, says adding that the opportunity to contribute to society gives a kind of satisfaction not even food can provide. It is a commitment Ian has devoted his life to.
Supported by the venture philanthropy operated charity IKARE Ltd, UK, EUNISCA-SSPP in 2014 in co-operation with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Kikoni Slum, embarked on a hygiene, sanitation initiative to improve access to clean water for these communities. Further to cleaning and repairing wells as well as water collection points, the initiative also piloted the introduction of Solvatten.
ELLE and Le Comptoir de l’Innovation have created a unique award dedicated to female social entrepreneurship, the “ELLE IMPACT² AWARD”. Female entrepreneurs from all around the world have been rewarded and portrayed by ELLE magazines. National competitions have been driven in nine countries. All the national finalists met in Paris in April 2016 for the 5th Impact² Ceremony. Petra Wadström, founder and CEO of Solvatten was one of them!
In order to implement and roll out the technology we recommend a livelihood approach focusing on women empowerment. By making Solvatten available as a business assets for the following types of entrepreneurs, distribution and uptake is ensured and economic activity is boosted.
– Street food vendors
– Small eateries/restaurants
– Fresh beverage vendors
– Hair stylists and barbers
– Canned goods /preserve/honey making businesses
– Clean water sellers
– Dairy micro farmers
– Vegetables vendors
– Poultry vendors
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