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.
EXISTING BORROWERS IN SANITATION AND HEALTH
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.
NICARAGUA AND HONDURAS
EOS International brings clean drinking water to more than 600,000 people living in more than one thousand small communities in Honduras and Nicaragua. EOS’ water purification technology is a low-cost, low-maintenance solution that attaches to a community’s water tank and releases a controlled dosage of chlorine that costs only pennies per week for each household. EOS communities have better health and lower rates of infant mortality. Half of EOS’ budget is earned through the sale of chlorine tablets. Beneficial Returns’ loan enabled EOS to import chlorine in greater volumes which increased the profitability of their operations.