• A report on the “Safe Water Enterprises,” their technology and the people behind it.

With Safe Water Enterprises, Siemens Stiftung is committed to a sustainable supply of safe drinking water in rural regions in Kenya. Small kiosks are equipped with mobile SkyHydrant water filters, which remove suspended solids, bacteria, and viruses from water with hair-thin membrane fibers. The filtration process operates without electricity, requiring no grid connectivity.

The purified water is sold at an affordable price; the earnings cover operational costs. In addition to expanding the supply of drinking water, Safe Water Enterprises create income opportunities for members and local communities. Community members receive technical and business training to become kiosk operators. Meanwhile about 27 kiosk operators are working at the 19 water kiosks in Kenya, Tanzani and Uganda.