Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?
We are a for-profit, projects oriented start-up company. Our services will be rendered to any company which needs or wants to comply with the sustainability criteria expected today from projects in international development. We have a list of services needed by project managers to manage and maintain their projects properly. We have a full business plan justifying this issue.
Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Barriers to entry: are both external and internal:
In rural areas there is a great deal of bureaucracy and projects are usually government related – we have forged good ties with governments and local representatives. The rural area segment is underfunded by governments and undervalued – the issue is becoming more and more attractive and we show how we can scale up projects, and create self-sufficient financial models.
The company works in an NGO environment we believe that currently there is an understanding as per the value of a for profit company, in the space of international development.
It is very challenging to work in these areas, both politically and physically – we enjoy it.
WWS does not yet have a market reputation – working on it and have several strategic influential partnerships.
WWS has not yet succeeded in building a comprehensive ecosystem of financiers and donors for projects – working on it.
WWS lacks proper funding to achieve its marketing goals and operational needs - we are making do with bootstraping for now and our string motivatin, but continuously looking for the right investor for us.
Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)
We are currently writing together with Water Sanitation Africa an hands-on, step by step sustainability manual to be distributed among any project manager wishing to enforce sustainability in their project.
We have created the "holistic methodology to address water and development challenges in rural areas" as a solution to tackle sustainability challenges in rural areas, we are lecturing and training on this methodology.
We have created the VIC model, which we are promoting.