A tremendous opportunity exists in the villages and highly underdeveloped areas of developing nations. However, there are obvious difficulties in bringing water infrastructure to these areas, including:
Epiphany’s plan is to partner with pre-existing nonprofit and NGO groups with sophisticated networks of personnel on the ground in these various settings. Epiphany has already initiated relationships with Rotary, Unicef, US-AID, Red Cross/Crescent, the US Peace Corps, and several other missionary and nonprofit groups. These groups will identify suitable individuals and help establish them as “micro-entrepreneurs” in each village to become the local water suppliers.
With the financial assistance of groups such as the World Bank, the micro-entrepreneurs will purchase or lease (depending on the circumstances) Epiphany’s simple, self-contained, portable water purification systems and then resell the water produced by the units to their communities for a small profit.
Through Epiphany’s distribution network, these micro-entrepreneurs will be trained in the basic setup and maintenance requirements of the system so that they can maintain it under their own care. The creation of micro-entrepreneurs will provide a livelihood for the providers of the water and will allow Epiphany to access financing from groups such as the World Bank to help fund those entrepreneurs.
The unit to be sold to this market will be the E5H water purification system, which is shipped in a 20-foot shipping container which additionally serves as the mounting and operational platform when the unit reaches its destination.