Amana Katu

Access to clean water in the Amazon


Water in the Amazon is a paradox: while the region has abundant rainfall and freshwater, over 10 million people lack access tomclean water in the Brazilian Amazon. Large public water systems are too costly and complex to efficiently reach urban slum areas and riverside communities, where uncollected rainwater causes floods and spreads disease.

As a social business, Amana Katu trains and employs at-risk youth from regional NGO Movimento República de Emaús to develop and build low-cost, sustainable rainwater collection and purification systems for use in homes and agriculture, and sell them through an e-commerce platform with a 5-for-1 business model – every 5 systems sold, 1 is donated to a low-income family with no access to water.

Quick facts

  • 2019 Participant
    Year of participation
  • Solutions for Emerging Markets
  • Brazil
  • € 10k
  • € 58.5k
  • 10
  • 47

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  • Wilson Antônio Ferreira Costa - Chief Executive Officer; Isabel Cruz Pinheiro - Chief Impact Officer; Noel Amadeus Orlet - Chief Business Officer

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