WASH businesses that are attempting to enter both water and sanitation markets worldwide are frequently not what you'd call "business as usual". Many of them are social enterprises started by passionate people who put people before profit and exist primarily to meet a specific challenge.
Since my first post about some first-hand experience of running a WASH business within the Ethiopian business framework I've been wondering how much of the challenges is due to being a foreign business. Maybe the thought occurred to a few readers.
Ethiopia is currently ranked 161st out of 190 countries for "Ease of Doing Business". My first post is about why that might be the case, and how the recent new government has the potential to have an impact as it seeks to harness the potential of the private sector.
The Safe Water 2 Programme is "a place for innovation," says Hester Foppen of Aqua for All . As a partner in the ' Safe Water Phase 2' Programme , IRC spoke to her about business viability and innovation at a stakeholder workshop in Nepal in the fall of 2017.
During a stakeholder workshop in Nepal in September 2017, IRC spoke with Anisha Karn, Marketing Manager of SmartPaani, a Nepalese private water company, about business viability, social marketing and innovation in Nepal.
Accessibility, affordability, and availability of technology options are crucial for the survival of safe water businesses, says Fanny Boulloud of the Swiss Antenna Foundation. As a partner in the 'Safe Water Phase 2' programme, IRC spoke to Boulloud about business viability at a stakeholder...
You may have heard of the Lord of the Rings, but in Bihar, India, that name is taking on a whole new meaning. I recently joined a field visit to this part of the world to see how cement ring businesses are changing the face of rural sanitation.