The real start for Water Forever was in 2013, when we started piloting the business concept with 3 prepaid water points in Kaijado, Kenya. The pilot was technically successful and economically promising and the 3 prepaid water points are still doing well to date. People adopted the new technology very quickly. They fetch water every day, we get paid every day and once in a while we organize maintenance work.
The pilot project was supported by Aqua for All (financially), SNV and Susteq (implementation). The success of the pilot eventually led to the establishment of Water Forever International in the Netherlands and Maji Milele in Kenya, were we got registered by June 2014. Our first projects were implemented in 2015 in Wajir, Nakuru, Busia and Kisumu. For more information about these projects go to: where do we work?
Other milestones in our history are:
– 2015: Maji Milele got soft funding (US$347,000) from AECF (Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund)
– 2016: Founder Marcel Schreurs received a World Water Leadership Award in India at World CSR Day
Sustainability and maintenance of rural and peri-urban water points has been a major problem for the last decades. It is time for change. We believe that our maintenance and service model for prepaid water points is a real game changer. People pay a small amount for water, but the burden of maintenance, repairs and replacement is no longer theirs, but ours.