As a social enterprise, we sell our products to end users, allowing us to sustain our production and operations while also ensuring that people have ownership over their access to clean water by investing in their own solutions. However, we also work with partners and donors to provide filters at a subsidized cost or free of charge to end-users in settings such as refugee settlements and public spaces where affordability is limited or where sense of ownership is irrelevant (such as in a school or health center). This model enables us to maximize impact all across Uganda, at all levels of income.
SPOUTS attempts to circumvent the cycle of aid and dependence that many clean water solutions can inadvertently perpetuate. We manufacture a locally produced product that provides jobs to many local workers. Upon delivery, the small financial contribution asked of the end-user creates a sense of ownership, and using the Purifaaya allows users to save time and money which will enhance their family’s wellbeing and independence.
Fostering Local Partnerships
By working across many types of distribution partners – including savings groups, microfinance institutions, and retail outlets – we can reach all Ugandans regardless of their economic status and location. By creating a product with demand, SPOUTS bolsters the local economy and helps not only our end users but also our partners to achieve greater economic prosperity.
Filters for Schools
SPOUTS has installed filters in over 500 schools across the country, providing access to safe water for over 50,000 students, both directly and through the support of partners such as Save the Children and Building Tomorrow. In addition to installation, our team provides training and engages with students, ensuring improved usage and ownership. The Purifaaya XL includes a small blue stand, which allows for ease of use by children. One Purifaaya XL provides water for 50 students, costing less than $2 per student. Donate now to provide water to schoolchildren in Uganda.
Water for Refugees
Uganda is home to the largest population of refugees in Africa, many of whom arrive in the country with only their lives. SPOUTS works with humanitarian and refugee organizations (such as UNHCR and Oxfam) and has provided over 3,000 Purifaayas to households, clinics, and schools in refugee settlements. Donate now to provide safe water to refugees in Uganda.
Growth and Overall Vision
SPOUTS aims to provide 5 million Ugandans, or 14% of the population, with access to safe water by 2025, 10 years after our first Purifaaya sale.
This would represent a fundamental shift in the way Ugandans approach water purification and would save thousands of lives, primarily those of children.