We have a vision to provide water to as many people as possible who currently live without.
There are 780 million people around the world that don’t have access to clean drinking water.
Access to clean water is an issue across developing countries. At Project Maji we’ve decided to focus our efforts on the rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa, areas that have been the last priority for governments and have therefore been neglected despite accounting for the majority of the developing world’s populations.
In areas where ground water is available, it is typically accessed by hand pumps. Whilst they are simple and cheap, their technology is old and they often fall into a state of disrepair. Having studied the rural environment, the current solutions and the needs of the people, we believe we have found an optimal solution.
Natural water sources are often several kilometers away the villages.
An estimated 200m hours per week are spent collecting water in sub-Saharan Africa. For Women, this means lost time that could be spent looking after their families or working on income generating jobs. For children, it is time away from school limiting their future opportunities. Additionally, the heavy water load carried over long distances often leads to chronic back problems and a lifetime of discomfort.
The Project Maji Solution:
Clean, Sustainable & Affordable
Project Maji kiosks can be built anywhere that underground water is available. The structure supports an array of solar panels which drive a submersible electric pump that delivers potable water into a storage tank. The local population is then able to collect the water whenever they like, simply by turning on one of many taps.
Designed with the harshest environments in mind our plants are designed to be robust and have hardly any moving or serviceable parts to keep the possibility of problems to an absolute minimum. Day to day operations were also designed to keep things simple and basic training on each sites operation is given to senior representatives within each village.
Using solar panels is not only sustainable, it’s also practical a many of the villages in rural Africa do not have access to electricity. With a steady supply of sunshine year around we can maintain consistent power to our sites at no cost.
Mobile technology allows us to remotely monitor every one of our sites to measure their performance and to alert us in the unlikely event of any problems.
We install our plants in geographic clusters so that we can efficiently employ a technical team that is able to quickly respond to any issues at any site and ensure that all our facilities maintain a maximum operational uptime.
Project Maji is currently operational and expanding in Ghana and Kenya, but we are continuously looking for partners to help us expand to other countries on the African continent.
We are immensely grateful to a whole host of partners, sponsors and individual supporters who have made our journey so far possible.
We want to make sure we acknowledge their contribution here.