MSABI is a Social Business Incubator. They pioneer progressive and innovative hardware and software systems that create and “spin-off” independent and locally owned WASH service delivery businesses. They help stimulate and create local market demand for essential services that improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of disadvantaged rural and peri-urban communities.
Within 6 years of operations, MSABI has emerged as a leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in Tanzania. The organization has directly benefited more than 80,000 people through the provision of water and sanitation infrastructure, and more than 400,000 through hygiene sensitization programs. An integrated, multi-disciplinary and cost effective process is used to improve the health of rural communities. MSABI aims to create sustainable local WASH enterprises, capable of delivering high quality products and services through market-based solutions. Interventions are integrated and tailored to meet the specific environmental, engineering and social needs of local communities.
Some examples of businesses they have helped incubate include the manufacture of water filters, drilling of boreholes, production of hand pumps, maintenance services, micro-insurance, sanitation facilities, water kiosks, and solar drip irrigation. They have demonstrated that poor people value and will pay for quality services, and that these businesses can be financially sustainable.
The organization also facilitates WASH research in engineering and health as well as specialist training courses. MSABI is leading the development of innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve and streamline program management, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and quality control systems. MSABI employs a local and international team of up to 75 people and has managed over USD 3 million in competitive grants. MSABI received the 2011 International Water Association Innovation Development Honour Award and was runner-up in the 2014 Nestle Creating Shared Value Global Prize.
Maji Safi kwa Afya Bora Ifakara (MSABI)
Contact Email: info@MSABI.org
Partners: HDIF, USAID/iWASH, FIU, Stone Family Foundation, GHD, Swiss TPH, Canadian Grand Challenges, WSP/Aquaya, and Nestle.