Currently 2.2 billion people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water*.
*Source: WHO/UNICEF 2019

At Volvic, we believe access to water is a human right. That’s why we are helping to provide access to safe drinking water to as many people as possible.

From 2019, working together with Danone communities, Volvic has been helping to provide access to 1 litre of safe drinking water to people in need around the world for every 1 litre of Volvic water consumed. In 2019 we helped to provide 1.4 billion litres of safe water access to over 5 million people around the world in the countries of Cambodia, India, Haiti, Mexico, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Senegal.

Danone Communities

Danone Communities is a Venture Capital Fund, investing in social businesses aiming to support low income communities. It empowers innovative social entrepreneurs to achieve a sustainable social impact. It focuses on fighting malnutrition and bringing safe drinking water thanks to social businesses that have the potential to grow and achieve financial self-sufficiency, providing them with long-term investments and technical expertise. As a strong supporter and catalyst to Danone Communities, Volvic’s parent company, Danone, is also bringing its employees expertise pro bono to support the social businesses.
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1001fontaines - Access to safe drinking water by empowering local rural communities

In Cambodian villages, many people collect the water they drink from ponds and rivers. That water is often contaminated – especially with the increase in human activity – and is not safe to drink which leads to water borne diseases such as diarrhoea.

In 2004, a young Cambodian studying water engineering and a retired French consultant created 1001fontaines to bring a solution to this problem. Their idea was to develop a sustainable and scalable solution by empowering the local communities. This is how they decided to launch “water kiosks” in rural Cambodia.

A water kiosk is a mini plant located in a village, using water from the pond or the river, treating the water locally and selling it to the villagers around. The kiosk is set up on land given by the community and managed by a villager acting as an entrepreneur who produces and sells the water for their own wage. The decentralized model allows the price to remain affordable.

Since 2004, 1001fontaines has established more than 230 kiosks in villages across Cambodia. This creates employment and activity in remote areas where people are struggling to find sustainable opportunities. Typically, a water kiosk entrepreneur will create jobs for 2-3 people per village. Learn more info and stories from Danone Communities.
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Naandi Community Water Services - Access to safe drinking water by empowering local rural communities

India as a nation ranks 120 out of 122 countries for its water quality and has the largest number of people without access to safe drinking water globally, at 75.8 million people.

Naandi Community Water Services (NCWS) is one of India’s largest social enterprises established in 2010; working with a mission to improve lives of the underserved communities by providing access to safe drinking water in a sustainable manner. They do this by setting up decentralized community water centres in regions where the existing sources of drinking water are contaminated (with chemical and microbial contaminants) and unfit for consumption.

NCWS core belief is that successful community mobilization is central to sustainable safe water projects. The model is based on a tripartite partnership between a local community, a donor and NCWS. So far, NCWS has reached out to over 640 communities across 7 states in India, impacting the lives of over 750,000 people. Learn more info and stories from Danone Communities.
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Impact Water Nigeria – Access to safe drinking water in schools

Impact Water provides safe drinking water solutions by delivering, installing, and maintaining water treatment systems at affordable prices to schools across Africa.

They designed a cheap, user-friendly water treatment device, which is sold directly to schools. Impact Water works with 20 000 schools in Nigeria, where more than 4 million children can re-fill their bottles with safe drinking water all day long. Impact Water is also present in Uganda and Kenya. Learn more info and stories from Danone Communities.
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DrinkWell – Access to safe drinking water to vulnerable urban populations through Public Private Partnership

Minhaj Chowdhury, an American Fulbright scholar, was visiting his family in Bangladesh every summer and soon realized that access to safe drinking water was a grave issue across the country.

Because of geological reasons, the water in Bangladesh is contaminated with arsenic, a tasteless contaminant that is causing major health problems in the long run.

Turning down a professional career in the US, Minhaj decided to create Drinkwell, a technology-driven social enterprise that powers water infrastructure in Bangladesh and India. Through a public-private partnership with the water utility in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, Drinkwell has already opened more than 200 water kiosks in the most densely populated areas of this city, where 4 million people live without access to safe water. Learn more info and stories from Danone Communities.
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Thanks to all of these programmes, we were able to help over 5 million people benefit from access to 1.4 billion litres of safe drinking water in total in 2019*.

*Water access is provided mainly for free or at an affordable price, and Volvic does not make profit from the projects

Volvic is one of the most iconic natural mineral water brands of Danone. And at Danone, we feel we have a special responsibility to promote healthier drinking habits and provide safe water access to people in the world who are lacking this fundamental right. Volvic has also pioneered Danone’s action towards helping to provide water access through joining forces with Danone Communities.

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