The coronavirus pandemic has continued to affect everyone’s life all across the globe. Here at Saha, we are pleased to announce a new effort to help promote hygiene and clean water consumption in the fight against this virus.
Saha’s Board of Directors approved an exciting new initiative in our COVID-19 response. In alignment with the Ghanaian government’s efforts to provide free water access for as many Ghanaians as possible for 3 months, Saha created Coronavirus Emergency Water Funds for each of our partner communities. These funds will allow all people living in Saha partner communities to access free water from their Saha business for the months of June, July and August. While this is different than our typical social enterprise model, this emergency effort strongly aligns with our organization’s mission as well as the overall goals of our COVID-19 response. Our leadership team has done extensive risk analysis and mitigation planning and we feel confident that this short term, emergency relief effort, will not have a negative impact on our entrepreneurs’ ability to charge for water in the long-run. Instead, we believe this initiative will contribute to a positive relationship with both the government and our community partners while also providing Saha with a lot of opportunities to learn about demand, price and business logistics.
We are dedicated to our mission – getting the cleanest water to the people who need it most, now more than ever. We’re grateful to have this story covered by several Ghanaian news sources, including Citi Newsroom, story linked here.
The response from our partner communities has been overwhelmingly positive. We are so proud at Saha that we keep showing up, month after month, year after year, even during a crisis, for nearly 100,000 people. Stories from the field to come over the next days and weeks.