$1.5M grant funding from 2018 to 2021
1001fontaines uses low-cost technology and a social business approach to provide sustainable access to safe drinking water in poor rural areas of developing countries.
The approach uses a hybrid model based on capital subsidies to install solar water purification plants, and on entrepreneurship to sell water at an affordable price ($0.01 per litre) sufficient to cover all the costs of maintenance and the salaries of the plant operators.
Once the plant is created and ready to work, operations become self-funded and therefore sustainable. 1001fontaines believes this approach will ensure lasting impact on public health. 1001fontaines is active in Cambodia and Madagascar, and also has 180 active stations as part of a pilot project in India.
The Foundation is supporting the expansion of services in Cambodia. 1001fontaines expects to have one million customers in Cambodia by 2021.