Many households in Malawi do not have access to a regular water supply or do not have an in-house connection to a water source. Drinking water is collected from communal water points and transported to homes through various means and vessels. Water is not used directly upon reaching the households and can be stored for a period ranging from a few hours to several days. If not handled properly, water from safe sources can get contaminated during collection, transportation and storage. Studies indicate that consistent use of Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) products and practices including HWTS can reduce the risk of contracting water related diseases, in particular diarrhea by as much as 50%. Yet, despite the compelling benefits for personal health, approximately 67% of Malawian households do not treat their drinking water adequately (10.7 million people).
This MICF project will support a producer who plans to introduce a new household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS) product in the form of low-cost tabletop water filters. The product will be mass produced in Malawi and made available at a price point which is 60% lower than the current price for similar filters. This will make it affordable for low-income families, who previously could not afford filters. This project aims to manufacture and assemble HWTS products in Malawi for both the domestic and regional market to result in around 50,000 poorer households having access to safe water, and the creation of 20 new full time jobs.