The Problem

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 16.55.30Billions of pounds have been spent installing over 800,000 hand pumps in sub Saharan Africa but in every single village there are always broken taps, or hand pumps, or wells. WHY?

Inadequate systems for cost recovery, repairs and maintenance and the inability to obtain spare parts means that in rural Africa, the landscape is scattered with broken hand pumps and taps whilst women and children trudge for miles to collect dirty water.

30,000 deaths occur every week from unsafe water- there’s got to be a better way.

“When the system breaks no one repairs it – the evidence is everywhere to see and the result is catastrophic. Thousands of deaths by diahorrea, typhoid, malaria and Ebola that could be prevented.”

In every village there are broken taps, look at our photos taken from villages in the Gambia and Senegal and find out more about The Hidden Crisis here.

The Solution


Africa Water Enterprises is a charity with an approach that provides clean and safe drinking water forever.

Our approach is unique because we understand that people in rural West Africa can afford and are willing to pay small amounts for clean water  – if there is a guarantee that the water supply will be professionally maintained. We are a not for profit charity – so we provide the capital costs and repair broken water systems but then users pay less than half a pence per 20 litre jerry can to ensure the system is maintained. The system doesn’t break down after a year and everyone is happy.

This is the only way rural
Africa’s “Hidden Crisis” can be tackled. 

“I’m convinced that the solution is local enterprise, utilising focused business support and embracing new technologies such as mobile payment and solar powered pumps to provide water in even the remotest villages. In 2015 people shouldn’t be getting water in a bucket whilst they’re monitoring the weather and local fishing reports with their mobile phone”

Recent News

Read All News

Priti Patel, Secretary of State for DFID said on 8th February 2017 at the launch of the DFID Economic Development Strategy