In Madagascar, 1001fontaines took on the challenge of replicating its model while adapting it to a country facing extreme poverty and recurring natural disasters.

Local partner & Local water brand

“Our Water” in Malagasy


The challenge of replicating our model in Madagascar is a one of innovation: how to breakeven in one of the world’s poorest countries (almost 80% of the population lives with less than 2 dollars a day), regularly plagued by natural disasters (hurricanes, flooding), and epidemics (pneumonic plague, malaria, dengue).

Over the last 12 years, we have built climate change resilient water kiosks, and initiated deployments in rural and in peri-urban areas, to both reinforce our social impact and improve the economic performance of the model.

Our results speak for themselves: sponsored by the AFD (the French Development Agency), an audit performed by the independent firm COTA gave 1001fontaines the grade of 4 out of 5, and the consultant ranked us as one of the top 3 projects audited in the last 10 years.

Luke Barrett

Our impact today

Water Kiosks

regional platform

liters of safe drinking water produced every day

beneficiaries including more than 2,000 children

Our ambition

– 1 –

Serve 75,000 beneficiaries in 2025

– 2 –

Reach breakeven at the regional level

– 3 –

Design a sustainable model for the poorest countries

I’ve always wanted to run my own business serving my community. Thanks to 1001fontaines, my dream came true, with the support of my wife Sarah. In addition to bringing safe drinking water to our community and improving their health, we were able to educate our two daughters and build a better future by investing the profits from the water sales.

Romain, Local entrepreneur in the Mahanoro village