HANDWASHING SAVES LIVES
In sub-Saharan Africa, less than 50% households have basic handwashing facilities with soap and water available in households
COVID-19 has now hit Africa, and its spread in the region is being described as a ‘ticking time-bomb’. Simple hand hygiene can limit the spread of the virus and help save lives. However, let us pause for a moment to consider that more than 300 million people do not have access to safe water in sub-Saharan Africa, not standing a chance to protect themselves against the outbreak. While handwashing might be an effective defence, it is simply not an option for these communities. We are working to change that. Join us and support handwashing to save lives.
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Who we are
Through the power of solar-technology, Project Maji is bringing sustainable access to clean water across rural sub-Saharan Africa. Currently serving more than 50,000 people with 60 million litres of clean water per year, we are on a mission eradicate water poverty and scale across the continent.
After witnessing the shocking, but all too common scene of children collecting dirty water from a roadside puddle in rural Africa, CEO and Founder Sunil Lalvani used his experience in consumer electronics to develop and deploy a solar-powered pump, to sustainably deliver clean, safe water to a village in rural Ghana; coining the CSR project 'Maji' (Maji meaning water in Swahili).
At Project Maji, our operations are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint to achieve a sustainable future, a call to action to end poverty, tackle climate change and address global development issues.
More importantly, in our impact measurement, we take inspiration from a concept called “Social Return on Investment”, where you don’t look at safe water access in silos, rather you look at the whole impact cost of what’s been done. At Project Maji, while our area of focus is SDG 6: Clean water and Sanitation, by giving these villages water, children can go to school: SDG 4, women can work: SDG 5, less money is spent on medicine and hospitals: SDG 3, and the whole area prospers. All of that is an ROI. The only difference is that rural communities benefit from this impact, not the investor, so it can be seen as a philanthropic donation.
Till date, we have positively impacted the lives of 50,000 people in Ghana and Kenya and we aim to reach 1 million people by the year 2025.