SANITATION AND HEALTH
Social enterprises that increase the quality of sanitation and promote health. They typically undertake activities that provide clean drinking water to stop the transmission of disease and improve lives.
Manufactures and sells ceramic water filters in Guatemala providing its users cost-efficient drinking water with improved health outcomes. It also impacts the environment positively as urban customers normally drinking bottled water reduce their plastic consumption, and rural customers who typically boil their drinking water over wood fires reduce their firewood use. With $225,000 from Beneficial Returns, the business is doubling the size of their factory and acquiring production equipment that will increase the consistency of their filters. EcoFiltro and its CEO were recognized in 2012 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Sells affordable and easy-to-use water filters in Indonesia where the majority do not have access to potable water and thus, resort to boiling water and purchasing bottled water. Through its filter, Nazava is able to provide the cheapest and most environmentally friendly clean water solution. To date, Nazava has provided over 130,000 filters and savings of over $14.5 million to households. Beneficial Returns provided Nazava a $50,000 loan to assist with the company’s expansion.