Debaser Goes Solvatten

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Drinks, food and music in Stockholm? Do it to the benefit of Solvatten Solar Water project at Debaser.

Annelie Telford is the founder of the venue and she knows one or two things about inspiring and wake emotions. By supporting Solvatten and getting involved in environmental issues she is a true change maker. We asked her some questions about her thoughts on climate change and water.

Annelie Telford, CEO at Debaser

Hi Annelie, what do you think about the situation that the world is rapidly warming?

The situation forces us to work on all fronts and aspects of climate change. All individuals need to be conscious consumers and think about their choices and priorities. Everybody won’t come to the same conclusions, but we need to think about our part in global warming and what we as individuals are ready to do about it. Companies need to change their ways to secure the planet and in the long run also the companies’ survival. Politicians need to stop thinking so much about if their politics is what most people will vote for and instead start working for a politics that is sustainable, and how we get there. All three parts are equally important. 

How did you come to think of Solvatten to alleviate some of the consequences of climate change?

I read about Solvatten and I just love the invention and idea. A product that gives clean water to the most vulnerable in an environmentally friendly way that also empowers women. Solvatten is a long term good investment that allows trees and bushes to remain where they belong, instead of being cut down and burned up as fuel for boiling water to kill dangerous bacteria. 

It also gives women and children more time to do other activities than collecting fuelwood and walking long distances collecting clean water. It therefore, empowers them since the women are the ones using Solvatten the most and being educated in how to use them, and forward that knowledge to other women. We do not yet know how long a Solvatten lasts, but at least 8 years since that is how long the first ones distributed has lasted. It is a great invention and product that we at Debaser are glad to spread the knowledge and be part of!

Why don’t you visit her place this weekend and check out Solvatten that is also kept there on display.

New Technology halves fuel costs

Saturday, August 13, 2011

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Since 2010  Kiberan residents in Nairobi have used a house hold devise that treat and heat water using solar energy. This new Swedish product called SOLVATTEN runs on solar light alone and provides safe and warm water for a family and both reduces emissions as well as responds to the impacts of climate change. Reports from Institute and Water, IEW shows that residents has now halved the cost for fuel to acquire safe and warm water.

Replacing charcoal with solar
Charcoal is a major cooking fuel in the area, but the increasing scarcity of wood and stricter government regulations have caused the price of charcoal to soar. The price of charcoal nearly doubled in the past years, and now a typical family can spend a shocking 30-50% of its income on cooking fuel alone. The technology has since the start proved to be a popular tool for the residents of Kibera to make considerable savings at a house hold level. The residents report improved hygiene with improved health as result.

Saving trees
Calculating the impact of the initiative considering the reduction of the beneficiaries charcoal consumption, the findings are remarkable. The total scope of 2 500 families can now save charcoal at the equivalent of 35 trees during the estimated life time of the device. This adds up to 1’800 acres of productive forest that, in the interest of both the urban and rural population should remain.

Making business from sunshine
The initiative had a strong socio-economic component and provided the beneficiaries with the opportunity to engage in income generating activities through selling subsidised “SOLVATTEN”. All the beneficiaries have contributed towards the costs, and the sellers of the technology receive a commission for each sale.The project has in its last phase involved a rural organization, RINCOD to expand the distribution network. By improving well-being and income opportunities for the rural poor, migration from the countryside to the urban slums may be avoided.

Learn more about the initiative here:

An event will take place in the presence of users of the technology, IEW, RINCOD, KWAH, representatives from Solvatten and the ministry of Public Health and Sanitation Kenya the 16th of August. If you would like to attend the event at the Methodist Guest House Nairobi.
Please confirm you participation to the contact provide below by the 14rd Day of August 2012 to Mr. Geoffrey Kimiti on: Tel: 020 387 1364/0721353464; Email: kimiti.mburu@iewm.org

We look forward to your participation.