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François Jaquenoud

Civil engineer from the Mines school, François Jaquenoud is the Co-Founder of the 1001 fontaines pour demain initiative. He spent his early career at Andersen Consulting (which is now Accenture) as a consultant then partner (from 1975 to 1997). Since 1992, François directly contributes to the management and the strategic evolution of 1001 fontaines, as a member of the Executive Committee. From 1997 to 2003, he served as an independent consultant in the strategic and change-management fields, while also being involved in the management of an SME (automatic beverage vending machines) located in Lyon, France. Since February 2004, François has been working full-time on the 1001 fontaines initiative and is mainly focused on the development of field projects as well as the development of the initiative.

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1001 fontaines pour demain
Hybrid Social Enterprise
Fresh Water
Areas of Impact
Europe, Africa, Cambodia, Madagascar

1001 fontaines pour demain

Using solar-powered ultraviolet (UV) technologies, 1001 fontaines pour demain establishes water purification and distribution networks in Cambodia’s rural villages, allowing people to meet a basic need for a minimal investment. Unlike conventional potable water delivery, 1001 fontaines’ model incurs no distribution costs and offers the amount of drinking water necessary to match village needs, and thus offers clean, purified water at just $ 0.01 per litre, which is affordable for rural Cambodian villagers.

At each site, 1001 fontaines provides the initial capital investment and subsequently trains one to two village operators in purification technologies and distribution methods, thus creating micro-franchises across the region. All operational expenses after the initial investment are covered by sales at the point of distribution. Thus far, 1001 fontaines has generated more than 100 jobs in rural villages and actively leverages community networks to spread awareness about the necessity of clean drinking water and the health risks associated with swamp water.

1001 fontaines has established 58 production sites in Cambodia and 11 in Madagascar, providing 70,000 customers with affordable potable water and ensuring better health for villages.


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