EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH WATER
Since 2013, WaterMade has been operating as a trading subsidiary of Sheffield water charity The Long Well Walk. This means that a certain percentage of all profits we make is used to support the construction of WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) projects in East Africa.
Here's a video taken at one of The Long Well Walk's completed projects at Namavundu well in Kampala, Uganda. In it, Nicholas, head of the community development committee, talks about the importance of water and the impact the well has had in his area.
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As a social enterprise, WaterMade combines the power of business with charitable social aims. We believe in building relationships of trust and equality between international partners and UK consumers. Our projects do this by promoting the best possible ethical practice in everything we do. Find out more about our projects below.
The Ewamu project works with a number of women’s cooperatives in Kampalan slums, to provide a market in the UK for their artisanal handicrafts, like paper bead jewellery and Ugandan-print shirts. We do this by purchasing these crafts from the groups at a fair price and then selling them online, in shops and at markets here in the UK. Half the profits are then put towards capacity building measures for the women and the other half supports water projects through The Long Well Walk. This generates valuable income for the women, helping lift them out of poverty
The Big Lottery funded TuffCycle project offers skills workshops and social opportunities at a Sheffield homeless shelter. The project works with disadvantaged members of the community to design, create and market packaging and display units made from recycled materials. The products made are then used to help sell the crafts in our Ewamu project. We’re passionate about linking local issues with international concerns and this project does exactly that. In an increasingly global world we want to show that international development can go hand-in-hand with social development here in the UK.