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Hundreds of millions of people globally go without things like menstrual pads, electric lighting and hygienic toilets. For rural communities living on under $3 per day, this is because the ability to pay is extremely limited and incentive for businesses to provide these products is low. This leaves people thinking of aid as the only method to uplift communities.

WSV develops micro-business solutions to social development challenges. Working with NGOs, local people are crafted into entrepreneurs and provided a business in a box that delivers proven, localised, impact. The entrepreneurs are provided a microfinance loan and are then supported long-term by the NGO and WSV’s global franchise network.

WSV’s portfolio:

  • Petal – Delivering free menstrual health education and locally producing a range of affordable and quality reusable sanitary pads, tailored for each community.
  • Right Light – Providing power to those unable to purchase electricity through a solar lamp rental scheme and battery charging service.
  • Roots – Building eco-toilets in schools and community spaces to then convert the human waste into fertilisers. The organic fertilisers are sold to local farmers, alongside free community hygiene and sanitation education, and the profit used to construct more toilets.

WSV has 200+ entrepreneurs in Kenya, Uganda and Cameroon who:

  • Convert over 65 tonnes of waste into fertiliser, each year.
  • Are renting 1,500+ solar lamps, which have prevented over 1,000 tons of CO2 pollution.
  • Have sold 30,000 + sanitary pads sold.

By 2023, WSV is aiming to provide: Million, Million, Million Plan

  • 1 million women and girls with affordable sanitary pads
  • 1 million people with clean lighting
  • 1 million people with hygienic, odourless toilets

WSV also consults organisations using our real-world day-to-day experiences in M&E, business modelling and replication.

We are currently looking for corporates and NGOs working or with supply chains in East and Southern Africa, and aiming to develop independent and sustainable communities with improved qualities of life and agricultural productivity.