1001fontaines is a non-profit organization acting in the international solidarity field and more specifically in the domain of drinking water.

Safe drinking water is a major issue for the people living in developing countries around the world. Wherever water is unsafe for consumption, in Cambodia, Madagascar, India and in the rest of the world, 1001fontaines aims to turn it into safe drinking water.

The NGO 1001fontaines was created in 2004 and is dedicated to improving the health of isolated populations by enabling them to produce and consume safe drinking water based on a social business model that ensures the communities’ autonomy and sustainability. The 1001fontaines safe drinking water production units are managed as micro-businesses by local villagers trained to become entrepreneurs. The purified water, sealed in sterilised 20 litre containers, is sold to villagers at an affordable price. The exact selling price is determined in consultation with local community leaders, and is usually set at around € 0.01 per litre. The revenues generated by the water sales enable the local entrepreneurs to cover their costs and ensure the sustainability of the initiative.

A station generally produces 2,000 to 3,000 litres of safe drinking water per day, enabling 1,500 people to benefit from the service, or 250 families. 150 production units are currently operating. Once a site reaches its break-even point (when revenues cover all costs), the entrepreneur takes part in the "Water in School" program to provide water free of charge to children at school. Today our 150 stations enable 350,000 people to benefit from safe drinking water every day and 90 000 children in their schools through the "Water in School" program.

Our ambition is to reach one million beneficiaries in Cambodia by 2020 and to achieve financial sustainability, by scaling our operations to full capacity with 240 sites across 18 provinces of Cambodia.

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Organization Type

  • Social Enterprise


33 rue Pierre Brunier - 69300 Caluire et Cuire
19 rue Martel - 75010 Paris

T : +33156035560
E : contact@1001fontaines.com

Area of Focus

Safe drinking water
Social business
Social micro-franchise model
Social marketing for the BOP
R&D Water treatment