Partner: Access to Water Foundation (A2W)

Access to Water Foundation (A2W) and Better Shelter

The Access to Water foundation (A2W) was founded with a grant from the company Swiss Fresh Water in 2012, with an aim to provide safe drinking water in developing countries and to create jobs in local communities. The foundation is currently running water kiosk projects in certain parts of Sénégal and Bolivia which lack access to safe drinking water today.

According to A2W, the Better Shelter structure is suitable for the project as its size can accommodate all the equipment, and since the unit is easy to transport and quick to install, the kiosk manager is able to commence the water production on day one, instead of having to wait for the kiosk to be constructed (which in other cases can take several months). This allows the kiosk manager to start his or her business debt free.

The kiosk manager can also disassemble a Better Shelter kiosk and move the business to another location if needed. Meanwhile, the unit is robust enough to protect the machines from bad weather, robbery or intrusion from goats or other animals. Three Better Shelter units are being evaluated in the Kédougou region in Sénégal – three machines in one unit in Kédougou City; one in Mako and one in Bentako.

Read more about the Access to Water Foundation here.

Where we work

Project Information

LocationKedougou region, Senegal

ImplementationJun 2017

Number of units3

PurposeWater kiosks