Our projects incubate small-scale water techniques and initiate networks that have strong potential to increase access to water for the poor.
EMF supported Safi Sana in 2016 in developing an investment memorandum. EMF has been supporting Safi Sana for many years, in Accra the first waste treatment plant is operating and recently Safi Sana closed a contract with the Ministry of Energy top deliver electricity to the grid.
Selling water instead of giving it away for free. The Rain 4 Sales project pilots the business case for Rain Water Harvesting. Instead of donating a 50,000 liter tank to a community, this projects actually sells the equipment to entrepreneurs, financed by a 5 year loan. The project started in 2016 and 4 entrepreneurs were selected from 28 applicants. At the end of 2016 two entrepreneurs will be in business, the other two will follow in the first quarter of 2017. The proof of the pudding is in the redemption of loans which will take place in 2017 and onward.
Since hand pumps were installed to supply the population with drinking water, some 77 million people in Bangladesh have been exposed to contaminated groundwater, with 10 million drinking highly toxic water every day. Three water treatment plants using proven techniques incubated by EMF were built to remove the arsenic and salinity from the water. In 2016 the pilot project ended as the technique was tested successfully.
Since 2010 the ‘Water Schools’ program - a joint initiative of EMF and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) - has promoted sustainable clean water and sanitation facilities in faith-related schools. Access to clean water and sanitation facilities and proper hygiene will lead to a reduction in water-related school absenteeism and, in the long run, to a community-wide reduction in water-borne disease. EMF continued to support the program by providing the Water Schools with access to its network of innovators and portfolio of techniques until 2014 and handed over the project to Faith in Water.
In 2006 EMF joined the Voltea team, a Unilever Venture based company, which was working on a new desalination technology, now known as Capacitive deionization (CapD-I). The CapD-I technology, invented by Marc Andelman in the USA, is removes ions (i.e. dissolved salts such as sodium, calcium, chlorine, nitrate and arsenic) from a variety of water sources ranging from tap to brackish ground water. The technology uses little electricity, has high water recovery a nd does not need any chemical regeneration. In 2012 Voltea is set to enter the market place in Europe and USA for industrial and commercial applications.
Through its partnership with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), the Ecological Management Foundation (EMF) has become involved in a program linking the renewal of the Daoist temple presence in China with the setting up and funding of educational ecology centres at the temples.
Social impact investing is on the rim to become main streamed, this will take another 3-5 years, but the trend is clear: more and more high net worth individuals prefer to invest instead of donate, taking a more business wise approach. Investing in Micro Finance Institutions (MFI) is a clear example impact investing pays off, from a financial point of view. However the social and environmental impact of commercial operating MFIs' is not a given fact of their business. Most of these institutes realize they have to improve, so why don't MFIs' invest in water and sanitation?More »