Haiti: Access to Safe Water for Underserved Communities
In Haiti, piped water systems serve only about a third of the country’s urban poor and fewer than a third of its rural poor. The alternatives provided by water delivery companies are often unreliable and expensive. IFC is helping dloHaiti, a new water distribution company, build a network of water treatment kiosks to provide underserved Haitian communities with access to affordable, safe drinking water while also creating job opportunities.
By establishing kiosks where water is purified on site and distributed to nearby communities, dloHaiti is providing a cheaper, cleaner water source that is more convenient to consumers. In addition, dloHaiti is expected to create, approximately 600 direct and indirect jobs for Haitians who will be employed both at the kiosks and as distributors and delivery agents.
“DloHaiti is installing its first 40 water kiosks, which will provide filtered water to more than 145,000 people, mainly in small towns and rapidly-growing peri-urban areas,” said Jim Chu, founder and CEO of dloHaiti. “Access to safe drinking water has been one of Haiti’s most critical public health problems. Our vision is to address this need with a market-based solution that is both sustainable and efficient.”
Following an initial two-year pilot phase, dloHaiti plans to establish a 300-kiosk Haiti-wide network that could serve more than one million Haitian consumers and create more than 4,000 direct and indirect jobs.
IFC’s $820,000 equity investment in dloHaiti is provided by IFC InfraVentures, an early-stage equity investment fund which supports infrastructure projects in the world’s poorest countries. It helps address constraints to private investment in infrastructure projects, including the limited availability of funds and experienced professionals dedicated to private infrastructure project development.
“The risk of disease from untreated drinking water is often borne by those who are most vulnerable. Across Haiti, poor communities are struggling with intermittent water service, rundown infrastructure, and unreliable water treatment. Some must walk for miles for a bucket of clean water,” said Ary Naim, IFC’s Representative in Haiti. “DloHaiti offers a solution for those who are currently living beyond the limits of public infrastructure or water trucking.”