At a glance
The UBS Optimus Foundation, in partnership with Rockefeller Foundation, has developed an innovative solution to finance clean water provision in schools to help boost children’s educational performance.
The social enterprise Impact Water Uganda provides safe drinking water to schools through an affordable package of systems, maintenance and credit.
Impact Water Uganda sells, installs and maintains water purification systems, which use established technologies such as ultrafiltration and UV treatment. These systems perform effectively for decades with preventive maintenance, which is carried out approximately twice a year. Credit services, provided by Impact Water Uganda, allow schools to pay for their systems over time, typically within two years, and installment payments are timed to coincide with a school's cash flows patterns.