AQWA - Social Impact Project

AQWA : 1 association, 4 members, 1 year of missions, and, above all, 7 social entrepreneurs supported through social impact assessment.

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AQWA - Social Impact Project

<p dir="ltr"> <img alt="2-1465311729" src=""></p> <p>                                                               </p> <p>                                                                  <img alt="Untitled_design__4_-1464774670" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> We are <em>Mathilde, Nathalie, Manon</em> and <em>Pauline</em>, the 4 co-founders of the <strong>AQWA</strong> association!</p> <p>  </p> <p> In September 2016, we will go around the world for a year to <strong>help and support social entrepreneurs</strong> who act in the water and energy sectors, thus contributing to a <strong>better access to these essential resources</strong>. We will carry out <strong>social impact assessment missions</strong> and strategic studies for them, which are key to their development. Every mission will last 45 days approximately.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="7-1465311748" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="304" src="//;wmode=opaque&amp;;;key=ff2702755d9749cda571c6d6c2f3eb46&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" width="540"></iframe></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <img alt="13-1465311765" src=""></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> <img alt="2-1465311788" src=""></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> <img alt="6-1465311829" src=""></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> <img alt="4-1465311849" src=""></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> <img alt="8-1465311864" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="15-1465311891" src=""></p> <p> <img alt="2-1465335217" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="17-1465311946" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <img alt="2-1464943419" src=""></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> Our final itinerary is yet to be confirmed, but here is a preview of our adventure: <strong>Tanzania, Benin, South Africa, India, Cambodia, Guatemala</strong>… These are some of the countries where missions are in the pipeline. You will of course be able to follow all of our steps through social networks and on our <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>!</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <img alt="19-1465335251" src=""></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> We will perform one of our first missions for the social incubator <strong>MSABI</strong> in <em>Tanzania</em>. MSABI identified social impact assessment needs for one of the projects it incubates: <em>Pump for Life</em>.</p> <p>  </p> <p> The <em>Pump for Life</em> program is a maintenance and repair service for water pumps installed in <strong>rural Tanzania.</strong> The service requires water point owners to pay a <strong>monthly insurance fee</strong> that can be paid using <strong>mobile money payment solutions.</strong> The service allows ongoing maintenance, improved repair responsiveness, lower cost of spare parts and <strong>sustainable access to improved water</strong>. The goal of our mission will be to quantify and qualify all the changes that occurred to the water point owners as well as the entrepreneur repairmen thanks to the implementation of the <em>Pump for Life</em> program. </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <img alt="Aaeaaqaaaaaaaapxaaaajdixnguzodczltg2yzatndq1oc1imju3ltzhyzgxy2qxzwvhna-1464797375" src=""></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <em>We are really eager to work with the MSABI team, who sent us greetings from Tanzania :</em></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <img alt="2-1465393750" src=""></p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> <img alt="5-1465311992" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> <strong><u>Social entrepreneur</u></strong>, <em>n.</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> <em>A social entrepreneur is the creator of a profitable company (which does not depend on subsidies and donations only) whose main objective is to satisfy a social need. For him, the maximization of his activity’s social impact prevails over the maximization of profit.</em></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong><u>Social impact assessment</u></strong>, <em>n.</em></p> <p>  </p> <p> <em>Social impact assessment consists in quantifying and qualifying the long-term changes (positive or negative, expected or not) caused by a professional activity on the environment, and more particularly on its beneficiaries/clients, employees/volunteers, families and directly concerned communities. These impacts can be economic, environmental and/or social.</em></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="9-1465312018" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong> Social impact assessment has numerous advantages for an entrepreneur in the development of his initiative :</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="2-1465335294" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="11-1465312078" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> Social impact assessment is far more complicated than what we may think. It requires a special blend of ingredients!</p> <p> <img alt="2-1465312095" src=""></p> <p> Social entrepreneurs are usually surrounded by a few associates only, and they are all very busy managing the company’s activity itself (production, supply chain, distribution, promotion).</p> <p> <strong>Therefore, social impact assessment is not their priority, even though it is often key to their development</strong>. <strong>By offering an externalized service, AQWA makes up for the entrepreneur’s lack of time</strong>.</p> <p> <img alt="4-1465312114" src=""></p> <p> Social entrepreneurs usually do not have huge financial resources since they dedicate their efforts on maximizing the social impact and not the profit.</p> <p> <strong>This is why AQWA offers its services for free to social entrepreneurs</strong>, in exchange for a participation in local expenses (accommodation, food, local transportation).</p> <p> <img alt="6-1465312131" src=""></p> <p> Social impact assessment has to follow a rigorous method in order to establish reliable results. AQWA uses the methodology developed by <em>(IM)PROVE</em>, a French association specialized in social impact assessment since 2009 that has been training our team. This methodology uses key tools as “the theory of change” and “the impact map”.</p> <p> <strong>AQWA uses a methodology that combines both rigor and flexibility</strong>.</p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p dir="ltr">  </p> <p> <img alt="21-1465312149" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p dir="ltr"> <img alt="Untitled_design__6_-1464876997" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="28-1465312170" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Jump in AQWA’s history</strong> by allowing this project to become a reality! Thanks to your participation, you will be contributing on your own scale to guaranteeing a better access to drinking water, a fundamental human right and one of the ONU’s Sustainable Development Objectives.</p> <p> In other words, become a <strong>HER-EAU</strong>!</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Waterhero4-1465207200" src=""><img></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="30-1465312189" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>                                                                     <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p>

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<p>  </p> <p> <img alt="23-1465312864" src=""></p> <p> <img alt="25-1465312875" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> To do so, we will also raise private funds. Indeed, we will carry out missions for for-profit companies like Danone, for social-oriented projects (“<em>social business</em>” or “<em>corporate social responsibility</em>”).</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Diapositive2-1465313776" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Diapositive4-1465313792" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong> 9th </strong><strong>July update : </strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> OUR 8000 € OBJECTIVE HAS BEEN REACHED ! MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS !</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>New objective : 9000€ ! </strong></p> <p> These additional funds  would allow us to get video equipment, to share with you as much as possible our aventures ! We would realise short movies of each step of our trip as well as interviews of social entrepreneurs.  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="2-1465312903" src=""></p>



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[PACK COMRAD] Every drop counts! THANK YOU for your interest and support ☺


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[PACK ALLY] A huge thank you! Welcome to the AQWA community, your name will be written in stone on our website and on our Facebook page. You also become an AQWA VIP: you will receive an invitation for our coming-back party!


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[PACK FELLOW] We will share our trip’s playlist with you: a great way to escape the daily grind! (+ all of the above)


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[PACK FRIEND] Our dear friend, we will send you 3 “discovery” guides about 3 countries, made with love by us (digital version) ! In each guide, discover one country through 1 place, 1 recipe, 1 expression, 1 encounter, 1 personality and 1 song. (+ all of the above)


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[PACK BUDDY] YEAH! Just for you, we will send you a postcard from the country of your choice! (+ all of the above)


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[PACK BRO] 1000 thanks for your support! During our trip, challenge us to do whatever crosses your mind ! We will do anything (almost…). (+ all of the above)


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[PACK ACCOMPLICE] You are our accomplice… and there are no more secrets between us! We will share with you the behind-the-scenes of our adventures, with all its unusual stories (+ all of the above)


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[PACK COMPANION] How could we thank you? We cannot find the right words… We will send you a « souvenir box » from one of the countries on our itinerary: plenty of little gifts for you! (+ all of the above)


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[PACK AMBASSADOR] This is CRAZY! We will share with you the results of our work and send you home our booklet on water sector innovations around the world (+ all of the above)


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[PACK ANGEL] You are our guardian angel. Let’s share a nice meal together, it's on us ! We will share with you our experiences and give you all the advice you need to organize a solidarity trip or any project that is dear to your heart. If you do have such a project, or a topic that is essential to you, we will be glad to know more about it and to mention it on our website, where we will make some space for you to talk about your commitment ☺ (+ all of the above)


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[PACK ENTREPRISES] Dear companies, we offer you three options: - creating content on the country of your choice (articles, videos, interviews, photo reports) - organizing a conference to share our experiences and missions abroad in your company - organizing an introductory workshop about social impact assessment and our methodology.

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