Updated Apr 22, 2020

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UNTAPPED empowers local entrepreneurs to scale water access through a Universal PAYGO System

UNTAPPED universal PAYGO connects any water system to any mobile money payment. Closing the financing gap through transparency for financiers by providing structured data collection. Our PAYGO water meters focus on three main types of safe water distribution: 1. PAYGO Water kiosk. Decentralized water treatment centers with metered distribution and digital payment capture. 2. PAYGO water ATM. ...
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UNTAPPED universal PAYGO connects any water system to any mobile money payment. Closing the financing gap through transparency for financiers by providing structured data collection. Our PAYGO water meters focus on three main types of safe water distribution: 1. PAYGO Water kiosk. Decentralized water treatment centers with metered distribution and digital payment capture. 2. PAYGO water ATM. Stand-alone safe water access point with mobile payments. 3. PAYGO home smart-meters. Mobile pre-paid water metering. Each solution expands operator service coverage through proven, innovative technologies for safe water delivery. On-demand, convenient, affordable safe water delivery. At the same time, each solution secures subscriber payments through mobile technology, tracks consumption, and reliably manages prepaid subscriber revenue.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

We launched in Haiti in 2013 and now have 10 sites that serve 150,000 consumers. Our recent expansion to Kenya and Mali will reach another 150,000 consumers through our PAYGO platform this year.
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Focus Areas:

Agriculture Water Management, Economic Empowerment, Digital Finance and 5 MoreSEE ALL

Agriculture Water Management, Economic Empowerment, Digital Finance, Economic Growth and Trade, Energy, Environment, Health and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)SEE LESS

Implemented In:

Haiti, Ghana, Burkina Faso and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Haiti, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Kenya and MaliSEE LESS

750,000
Lives Impacted to Date
6
Countries Implemented In
6
Customers
52
Employees
$5,000,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to add another 1 billion people in the next 30 years. 40% of the current population lack access to clean water. This number will continue to expand, and centralized models of infrastructure development will not meet the growing challenge of serving the population.

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Solution

The novelty of the UNTAPPED model is that it pioneers the growth of PAYGO technology by adapting the technology to fit any water system. The UNTAPPED PAYGO system reduces the risk of payment delinquencies, creating a breakthrough in the financial investment gap that is a key barrier to scale in developing markets. In addition, the model improves monitoring and data collection, and the efficient delivery of affordable safe water to underserved populations.

Target Beneficiaries

UNTAPPED today serves clean water to over 300,000 consumers in Haiti, Kenya, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, and Mali. The majority of UNTAPPED’s current customers live on less than $2/day and did not previously have affordable access to clean water. The platform also employs over 50 local staff in areas with over 80% unemployment while helping 527 micro-retailers double their net incomes reselling water and other essential goods.

Mission and Vision

In the year we have reached four different Africa countries with five different local partners. Our short-term goal is to continue to grow with those partners to establish a larger presence in these regions. From there we want to expand to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Our long-term goal is to reach 100 million beneficiaries with safe, affordable water by 2030.

Competitive Advantage

UNTAPPED unlocks non-conventional sources of financing by creating a direct link between subscriber payments and repayment of financing. This is done through equipment operating leases where subscriber pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) revenue streams secure lease payments. This lowers repayment and offtake risks for commercial investors. PAYGO home smart-meters, water ATMs, and water kiosk equipment are leased to operators by UNTAPPED. Digital payments for water from each of the PAYGO devices provides assurance for investors financing the water projects, enabling larger capital input for significant scale.

Planned Goals and Milestones

UNTAPPED is continuing to develop our platform and looking to expand throughout Africa and Southeast Asia with new partners in the coming years.
Funding Goal5,000,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted5,000,000
New Implemented CountriesMali, Indonesia, Tanzania
RecruitBusiness development, Computer Engineer

The Team Behind the Innovation

The team consists of successful entrepreneurs in IT development and engineering with a focus on developing markets. Jim Chu is an entrepreneur and investor and has been involved in development since 2004. Dan Nolan has a background in engineering and finance in water and solar.

Milestone

Apr 2020
Lives Impacted
400,000
Mar 2020
New Country Implemented In
Mali
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Jan 2015
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Imagine H20 Cohort
May 2013
New Country Implemented In
Haiti
May 2013
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Supporting Materials

UNTAPPED-ES-2-Pager-1.15.pdf