Saha trains women from rural villages how to launch small, clean water businesses that provide safe water to their community at a price that all can afford. For the past twelve years, Saha Global has worked exclusively in the Northern Region of Ghana, where we have 246 water businesses that provide safe drinking water to 106,667 people.
Six Steps to Clean Drinking Water
1. Community Engagement
Saha works with local governments to identify villages that rely solely on contaminated surface water sources. Local leaders nominate two to five women to become Saha entrepreneurs to start a water treatment business.
2. Startup Toolkit
We provide each business with locally available materials to build a water treatment center in the village, including a 1,000- liter Polytank, a metal Polytank stand, and three blue 200-liter drums.
3. Women’s Training
Women learn to treat the water from contaminated sources to make it safe to drink and to run the water business, including pricing, frequency of treatment, and social marketing.
4. Community Education
Saha visits every household in the village to educate families about clean water, explain the water business to them, and distribute safe storage containers (SSCs) that prevent water re-contamination in the home.
5. Water Treatment
Women entrepreneurs fetch dirty water from the dugout, fill up the drums, and treat the water with aluminum sulfate that causes sediments to settle to the bottom of the drums, leaving the water clear. They transfer the clear water into the Polytank where they disinfect it with chlorine. They sell the treated water for a price that everyone in the village can afford. Villagers then store the treated water in SSCs.
6. Support and Monitoring
Women entrepreneurs receive ongoing mentoring and business advice from Saha until they can run their business independently. We monitor water quality and consumption in the village for 10 years – the amount of time it takes for us to collect solid, accurate data.
. Click through the picture gallery below to learn more about the treatment processes currently in use at the water businesses in Ghana.