This is a short update from the SODIS Foundation and from the project to provide micro-credit to families in Cochabamba (Bolivia), which you supported in the past.
The big news is that the SODIS Foundation managed to sign an institutional agreement with two strong partners: KIVA is a world-leading non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty (www.kiva.org), and EMPRENDER is a Bolivian micro-finance institution focusing its work on supporting micro-entrepreneurs in the peri-urban an rural areas. Together with the SODIS Foundation, these two organizations now are launching a new phase of the project in order to help people and families to improve their water and sanitation conditions. The promotional phase is in full swing, with posters and fliers being handed out to potential customers at the offices of EMPRENDER. We are truly excited about this recent development, which shows that carefully testing and developing the mechanisms and tools for this project over the past two years were worth the effort.
On the technical side, important innovations were pushed ahead as well. As toilets are an important component of our project, we joined forces with a local company who produces pre-fabricated construction modules. With the use of these modules, it now is possible to construct a new toilet in 4 instead of 20 days - that's an important step ahead which also will help us reducing costs. The design is an Eco-Toilet, meaning that it will allow users to produce their own compost and fertilizers, rather than having to pay to dispose of a stinking cesspit. It also includes a shower, which will add additional value to the product and was a clearly expressed need of our pilot customers.
We hope that with these recent developments, we are not in a position to really bring to scale the projects. In only one week of full promotion, already five customers have gone through the whole process of credit application and approval, and dozens are still in the process.
Please feel free to let us know if this report was useful to you and what kind of additional information you would like to receive. We are always trying to learn and improve, and reporting to you is an important part of our work.
Looking forward to hearing back from you,
Best regards from the whole project team,
We just received very good news - for you, for the SODIS Foundation and for the project you helped funding:
Thanks to a substantial corporate donation last week, we reached our fundraising target ahead of time. This means that the project is fully funded. Throughout the project, we provided training on safe drinking water, improved hygiene and sanitation to more than 85,000 school kids in 231 schools in Bolivia.
We actually exceeded our fundraising target by $3,410. This amount now will be used in our new project, which is already online and which you can support as well: www.globalgiving.org/9871. If you want to follow our activities, please subscribe to the updates of this project or make a donation. In this new project, we will be improving water and sanitation services of more than 9500 children in 40 schools in Tiquipaya (Bolivia).
Furthermore, we also would like to point out to a very special opportunity: thanks to support of the Rockefeller Foundation and InnoCentive.com, our project to develop a SODIS indicator will continue. Donations to our project will be matched by 200% - that's triplicating the amount you donate! This mechanism will only last until February 29 and is valid for donations of up to $1,000. For example, if you donate $50, the project will actually receive $150, which will cover the costs of a training workshop and focus group discussion in order to further improve the indicator design we are working with. Please make use of this unique opportunity and pass on the word to others. You can read more about this initiative on this blog or in this article.
Thank you again for your support throughout the project.
Best regards,Matthias Saladin
Dear friends and supporters,
As a previous donor to projects of the SODIS Foundation, you may be interested in an exciting initiative we are involved: The Rockefeller Foundation, GlobalGiving and InnoCentive are continuing their Global Giveback Challenge to find solutions to water-related problems in developing countries. A project of the SODIS Foundation, related to the development of a low-cost radiation indicator ("SODIS indicator"), is one of only four projects which have been selected at global level, and we are truly excited about this opportunity.
Between now and February 29, all donations received through www.globalgiving.org/7089 to our project will be matched by 200%! That is, for each dollar donated, our sponsors will add two more, thus tripling the amount you donate. We think this is a great opportunity to achieve a great impact and support this important initiative further. Please be aware that matching funds are limited, so act quickly (availability of matching funds can be checked here).
Please share this information with friends and families who may be interested in making a donation or just in spreading the word.
Best regards, Matthias Saladin
P.S: You can also support our projects by mobile phone (Only works for US mobile phones):
Text GIVE 7089 to 80088 to donate $10 to Develop an indicator for Solar Water Disinfection.
Text GIVE 1905 to 80088 to donate $10 to provide safe water for a child.
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