Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Air Quality

DelAgua Water Filters And Clean Cookstoves Benefit 500,000 In Rwanda

Originally published on Sustainnovate.

We focus a lot on innovative businesses and organizations that are bringing clean technologies to the developing world, but there’s a place for charity too. Especially during this holiday season, we think about how we can give more to those in need. But it’s not just about thinking. It’s also about acting.

DelAgua-Featured-in-The-TimesBritish company DelAgua has reportedly been doing a lot of acting — it has been bringing fuel-efficient cookstoves and water filters to people in the poorest part of Rwanda since October, and it says that it has now donated these basic life-saving solutions to nearly 500,000 people there.

“Water borne diseases and indoor smoke pollution claim millions of lives in the developing world each year and it is young children who pay the heaviest price,” the company noted in an email sent to me today. “Globally, pneumonia (caused by soot from burning wood) and diarrhoea (caused by drinking untreated water) account for almost one in three deaths of children under five. Up to three million people are due to be reached by the end of next year, meaning the poorest 30 per cent of the rural Rwandan population will benefit. The ambition is to lay the foundations for a long term presence in Rwanda, making substantial contributions to public health improvement and economic development.”

Even though I am not a resident of Rwanda receiving these cleantech lifesavers, I can honestly say I’m extremely thankful for this. It warms my heart more than any present I’ve received. Here are some more details from the email:

“More than 850 Community Health Workers have been recruited and trained to manage the distribution and help households with installation and maintenance. By the end of next year that number is due to have grown to 4,000.

“Funding of the programme has been provided by the private sector. By demonstrating that the water filters and cookstoves have been distributed and are being used consistently and correctly, DelAgua is able to claim carbon credits which can then be sold to fund the programme as it develops.”

Image by Jonathan Banks

Reprinted with permission.

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.


You May Also Like


The transport sector in a lot of African countries is unfortunately not inclusive. It leaves the majority of the population who live in rural...

Clean Transport

Africa hosts an estimated 27 million motorbikes (motos), out of which 80% is estimated to be used for commercial taxi service. All these motos...

Clean Transport

The low levels of motorization on the African continent present an incredible opportunity for another major leapfrog event similar to what happened with the...

Clean Transport

Ampersand, one of the pioneers in the African electric motorcycle sector, is ramping up its operations. Ampersand was founded in 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda,...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.