Since 2004, 1001fontaines has been a leading pioneer of the water kiosk model. We set up small water production units, called water kiosks, directly in the target areas. Water is purified using a low-cost technology, then bottled and home-delivered at an affordable price ($1 to 1.5 cent/L).

To ensure sustainability, we hire and train an entrepreneur, who makes a living by managing the water kiosk. We also support the creation of a social business in each country. These entities are responsible for developing new water kiosks, and supporting the active ones through a franchise model. Entrepreneurs pay a fixed percentage of their turnover in exchange for a set of services guaranteeing their viability. Thanks to the fees, the franchise services become self-funded and can run without any need for external financial support. To date, 1001fontaines provides 800,000 people with sustainable access to safe drinking water, thanks to 260 water kiosks in 4 countries.

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Endorsers that 1001fontaines partner with

United States

Myriad USA

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

Myriad USA

Myriad USA provides donors with a simple and efficient platform to support nonprofit initiatives overseas, anywhere across the globe. Myriad USA brings together the expertise and networks of the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS) and Give2Asia, and builds on their shared history, their shared belief that local knowledge counts, and their shared objective of improving the lives of people around the world.

Myriad USA offers several services to U.S. donors and foreign nonprofit organizations, including: Donor advised funds, Legacy funds, Disaster response funds, Corporate Plus Advisory Services, Myriad ART for gifts of artworks, and American friends funds for foreign nonprofits seeking to raise funds in the United States. Myriad USA is also an experienced ‘philanthropy architect’ – we adopt a flexible approach and develop tailor-made solutions when needed.

Myriad USA is a U.S. public charity within the meaning of Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors are eligible for a U.S. income tax deduction for their contributions, to the extent permitted by U.S. tax law.

United Kingdom

Vitol Foundation

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

Vitol Foundation

Vitol first began making charitable grants in 2002 and established the Vitol Foundation in 2006. The Vitol Foundation aims to help children and families living in deprivation to escape the cycle of poverty and fulfil their human potential.

We achieve this by investing in initiatives and interventions across five Programme areas: Health, WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene), Education, Enterprise & Livelihoods and Humanitarian Response. Our focus is on supporting solutions that improve quality of performance, promote greater inclusion, foster appropriate innovation and catalyse access to finance, all within the broader context of poverty. This means that the work we support is invariably in low, and low to middle income countries, where the challenging effects of chronic under-development, conflict and natural disasters are commonplace.

We work with key stakeholders across civil society, the private sector, national governments, public institutions and international partners to reinforce and improve existing in-country systems. Where these systems are not working or do not exist, we seek to address the status quo by promoting innovation – or successful solutions from similar settings – to bring about lasting and sustainable change.

We consider our grants to be investments and look for initiatives with the potential to generate social returns in a sustainable way. We are able to provide financial support to NGOs, social businesses and private companies (provided any profit generated during the lifetime of our grant funding is reinvested in the business), but not usually to public authorities. Partners and projects are expected to have the potential to be transformational and impactful, effective and efficient, sustainable, scalable and replicable. In return, the Vitol Foundation aspires to be both responsive and flexible and to understand the evolving needs in difficult circumstances. We also actively encourage partnerships between and among donors, implementers and the public and private sectors.

Across our Programme areas our objectives are fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

From the outset, we have supported initiatives globally and independently of business activities. In 2018, we funded 180 projects in 75 countries around the world.

We only look to support organisations which have won the confidence of like-minded funders, align with our funding philosophy and which deserve wide support for the potential they demonstrate in bringing real impact to scale. We place great emphasis on working partnership between and among donors and implementers, and regret that we cannot accept unsolicited applications.


On-going/Past projects

1001fontaines Water Kiosk

By 1001fontaines

Establishes a self-sustaining water kiosk in a rural community in Cambodia that provides direct access to clean water to improve the health and livelihood of community members.

Water and Sanitation and Hygiene

Scaling Up the Water Kiosk Model

By 1001fontaines

Provide sustainable access to safe drinking water to 3 million vulnerable people in low-income countries by 2025, thanks to a social business model, thus impacting health, livelihoods and environment.

Climate Action and Environment, Education, Health, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation, Water and Sanitation and Hygiene