Community Water Solutions
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46 Ledgetree Road Medfield MA 02052 USA
Saha global's mission is to launch water treatment and solar electricity businesses in communities of the developing world that empower women in the community, provide either clean water or access to electricity to residents of that community. These businesses are run by members of the community and, generate economic growth.
Saha global leadership program (previously known as the "community water solutions fellowship program"): in 2014, saha hosted 68 field reps in ghana. 2 of those field reps participated in the solar program and 64 participated in the water program. Of the 64 water field reps, 8 of them were hosted in salaga, and the rest were in tamale. These field reps helped saha to implement 17 water businesses and 1 solar electricity business that provides permanent access to clean water to approximately 13,600 people and access to electricity to approximately 800 people. Combined, these businesses also provide job opportunities to 34 ghanaian women entrepreneurs.
saha expansion - in 2013, saha global expanded our mission to include access to solar electricity and piloted a solar electricity business in the community of wambong. At that time, saha also began a partnership with next step living (nsl). Nsl launched a charitable giving program called "next step giving" and saha was selected as their first non-profit partner. Nsl makes a donation to saha every month. All donations are "un-restricted funds" as stated in our mou's, but in 2014 saha used a lot of this funding to grow our solar program. In march and april 2014, we launched 3 new solar businesses in kurugu vohoyili, chani and sakapalua. These businesses provide electricity to approximately 1,200 people and jobs to 8 women from the villages.
monitoring and evaluation: when saha is not hosting field reps in ghana, our ghana staff is in charge of monitoring the saha water and solar businesses. Each staff member (there are 5 full-time) are in charge about 12-18 villages each. The visits are between 2-4 villages each day. When in the village, staff member speak with the women entrepreneurs who run the water or solar businesses and interview them about sales. They check the water levels in the water treatment centers, and the number of cell phones charging at the solar business and visit between 6-10 houses in each community to check to see if community members are storing water correctly in their homes and if their lanterns are working correctly. Once a month, the staff members take water samples from each village to test in the lab. They test for both e. Coli and total coliform to ensure that the water sold at the saha water business is safe to drink. Staff members used to report to saha ghana country director brianan kiernan. In august 2014, brianan left her job with saha to return to graduate school. Shakun ibrahim, one of our ghana staff members, was promoted and now runs all of ghana's operations. Shak checks in with our executive director, kate clopeck once a week. Another ghana team member, wahab lawal, emails kate weekly monitoring reports.
other program services include other service activities conducted in ghana.
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Having done both their "Fellowship program" and helped coordinate that same program, I have come to believe Community Water Solution's impact and sustainability lies in its institutional commitment to innovation and creative responses to what seems like simple challenges. Their solution to the regional challenge of borehole drilling and lacking infrastructure, empowering women with capital to start microwater enterprises, coupled with ongoing monitoring, seems to be a highly effective regional intervention both for its cost-effectiveness and sustainability. It taps into the desire of college-age students to travel abroad and experience the development field first hand by supplying the opportunity to do so as a reliable, sustainable revenue stream that will help encourage sustainability.
The greatest strength of the org is its committed, experienced Ghanaian staff, allowing it to have high capacity for such a small org despite relatively low funding. Finally, its board is innovative, committed to its organizational mission and long-term expansion. There's a lot of potential here.
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