Oshun is a social business created in 2017 to develop a decentralised solution for access to safe drinking water (water kiosk) adapted to Sahelian countries and based on innovative water treatment and internet of things technology.
It was created as an initiative from three French companies, including the Société du Canal de Provence (a publicly-owned hydraulic operator in rural areas in South-East of France), to address the issue of safe drinking water in the Sahel. Oshun opened its first subsidiary in Senegal, where a big portion of the population faces challenges to access safe drinking water and sanitation services.
Oshun provides a small, easy-to-run and designed-in-house water treatment system that is installed in a kiosk, treating water from an existing nearby borehole. This kiosk is run by a local entrepreneur, usually female, who sells the water to their local community at an affordable price.
Oshun currently runs 60 water kiosks equipped with a range of autonomous water treatment systems and plans to continue expanding in the Sahel, starting with Senegal and Burkina Faso.