This entrepreneur is using his successful business to fund an innovative water solution in townships
- A water engineer has designed solar-powered water purification devices for indigent communities.
- He supplies the devices to these communities for free, thanks to the profits he makes from his commercial water venture.
While working as a water engineer for City of Cape Town and then Johannesburg Water, Murendeni Mafumo spent long hours thinking how he could make the water system better, especially for poorer communities.
Two years ago, he resigned from his job and started working on his own solar-powered water purification devices.
To create a sustainable source of income for this venture, he started his own company, Kusini Water, which sells water, including bottled water and garden tank refills, to people living in the suburbs.
Instead of continuously asking people to donate money to his social cause, he’d much rather sell the people a product to fund it, Mafumo tells Business Insider South Africa.
With the income from Kusini, he is able to manufacture the solar powered water purification devices which he supplies to indigent communities.
The water bottles and refills can be bought at any one of Kusini's three stores in Braamfontein, Bryanston and Fourways. A single 500ml bottle of water costs R7 and customers pay R1 per litre for a refill.
“For R1 a litre we can also fill up your JoJo tank,” he says.
Thanks to Kusini's success, he has been able to supply free devices to seven communities in Gauteng and one in Shayandima, Limpopo.
At the end of October, Mafumo will be launching Kusini Water in Cape Town.
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