World Water Day: Shamengo solutions
This year, World Water Day focused on the theme of employment. Our pioneers François Jaquenoud and Lo Chay, founders of the NGO 1001 Fontaines, presented their business model to a crowd of media. They generate economic activity around the treatment and distribution of drinking water through micro-enterprises. More than 300 jobs were created on this model in 2015.
Among the most remarkable innovations in drinking water is the Solvatten purification system devised by Petra Wadström. This Swedish pioneer invented a jerry can that can purify water in a few hours at very low cost with the help of the sun. This revolutionary process is already being marketed in several developing countries.
In South America, Chilean native Carlos Espinosa invented the “cloud trap”—a mechanical structure capable of capturing water from the clouds using condensation, then storing it in containers. And the final stop on our world tour is South Africa, where Trevor Field is installing merry-go-rounds that allow children to pump drinking water while playing on the playground. Solutions as poetic as they are pragmatic!