2 500 000
In the villages, inhabitants have been very scarcely informed about hygiene and drinking water quality, and medical facilities are close to non-existent. Ancient habits of using stagnant water, river or rain depending on the season are deeply routed with all the sanitary consequences.
Before having 1001fontaines’ water at home, I used to boil stagnant water, otherwise it brings illnesses to my children and to all of my family. But boiled water, even after letting it rest, stays warm for a long time… so the kids kept drinking stagnant water. I couldn’t prevent them from doing it. Now, they prefer to come back home to drink when they play. They take the water from the container and are hardly ever sick. I am happy for them, because they can benefit from school, and when they grow up they will have a job, and I save time, I don’t have to boil water anymore, … and money, I don’t have to bring them to a health center and pay for medication.
Last April, in the middle of the dry season, I delivered water to 70 families each day. More than 200 families were customers, representing about 1.500 beneficiaries counting on me. It’s a big responsibility. With the water that I also deliver to the school, I have to produce 2.500 liters each day, package them in containers and deliver them… Thankfully I work with my wife.
I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own. But now I am financially independent and I can pay each month the fees for the platform. It’s the platform that provides me with technical support and training. It also helps other entrepreneurs who, like me last year, need financial support in the first years.
The first Teuk-Saat platform, in Battambang in the northwest of Cambodia, will soon be at breakeven. About 60 villages to which we can make a round trip in the same day – which is important for maintenance – are now up and running. For the second platform, Phnom Penh was chosen in competition with 5 or 6 other possible locations. The capital is ideally situated for accessing rural areas in the southwest of the country, in the Kandal and Prey Veng provinces.
After only 2 years, close to 28 sites are in development and others are being built.
It took 5 years to get there in Battambang. This shows the experience gained by 1001fontaines to be faster and more efficient. I hope in 4 or 5 years, we will be fully independent, and able to pay for all of the support given to entrepreneurs only using entrepreneurs fees.
“Teuk-saat 1001”, 1001fontaines’ Cambodian partner, operates the project on the ground. Its 35 employees are dispatched to assist more than 160 operators (a third of them being women!) on production sites.
• Install clean water production units •
• Train local operators and provide support •
• for water treatment techniques •
• Quality control •
• Sales and site management training •
• Awareness of water consumption and hygiene •