Unlocking economic, environmental, and social transformation
Our Impact to Date
Clean Burning Stoves Sold
water filtration systems sold
Million In Economic Savings
Unlocking Communities’ unique approach ties high-quality, sustainable water filtration systems and stoves to a grassroots economy that results in cyclical economic growth.
Our inaugural project is in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Two-thirds of the population live in poverty and more than half of rural Haitians do not have access to clean water. The average income per capita is $729 per year with 13% unemployment and high underemployment. Haitians spend approximately 24% of their income on purchasing bottled water and charcoal for cooking and heat. Our water filtration systems and stoves give them a more cost-effective and sustainable option, while also helping the environment.
By putting financial power directly into the hands of Haitians, we make a positive impact on individuals and communities in three critical ways:
- Creating job opportunities in rural communities and providing training in: business fundamentals, personal finance, and WaSH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) education.
- When a family switches from buying bottled water to using a water filtration system, they save around $150 annually (10% of income).
- When a family switches to a clean burning stove from traditional methods, they save around $150 annually (10% of income).
- Entrepreneurs earn a commission of $7 per water filter. This additional income can be invested on home improvements, purchasing animals, and ensuring their children can attend school.
- Entrepreneurs are taught transferable business skills that they can use to grow their water filtration sales or start other businesses.
- A water filtration system created from simple ingredients (clay, sawdust, water, and nanosilver) can produce clean water for a family of 5-10 people for approximately 2 years, saving the purchase of up to 100,000 plastic water bottles.
- Each clean burning stove saves approximately 20 adult trees and eliminates approximately 10 tons CO2 emissions over it (essential since Haiti is currently 98% deforested).
There are many ways to get involved, from donating, volunteering, corporate involvement, and spreading the word!