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Clean water and sustainable energy in Ghana

Clean water and sustainable energy in Ghana, mother with baby

Clean water, sanitary facilities and good hygiene can all help Ghana's economy grow further. Thanks to a partnership between businesses and government bodies, more and more Ghanaians have access to water facilities.

Ghana has a population of over 29 million. The economy is growing rapidly, providing many opportunities for entrepreneurs. The Dutch government supports organisations with a clear business vision that contribute directly to improving access to clean water, hygiene and sanitary facilities and waste treatment. The video shows 3 businesses that are stimulating economic growth while striving for making a sustainable impact. As such the video also straightforwardly addresses the challenges in Ghana to reach the latter.

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Clean drinking water

Safe Water Network uses a sustainable water supply network to provide Ghanaians with clean drinking water. They can draw water at designated water points by presenting a card. The main challenge for the Safe Water Network is to have an enabling environment for decentralised water supply. Water authorities have an important role for setting water tariffs reflecting real costs of good quality drinking water. For this local communities must be mobilised through education.

Sustainable energy

Safi Sana is a Dutch business that builds systems for generating energy from biological waste. By collecting vegetable and animal waste from the market, slaughterhouses, businesses and households, Safi Sana is able to offer valuable energy products back to the community. Organising sufficient supply of waste is a major challenge.

100,000 homes for Ghana

Many homes in Ghana have few facilities. Toilets are not a standard feature. Two businesses, Micheletti and Triarii, have joined forces and are planning to construct 100,000 homes with biodigester toilets. By doing so on a large scale and with the proper construction methods, they are able to lower the price, enabling the entire Ghanaian population to live in a home with a toilet.

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Would you also like to do business in a developing country in a public-private partnership? The Ghana WASH Window scheme is now closed. Have a look at our other subsidies and programmes.