Business plan water distribution Gambia

Creating a business plan to connect households in Gambia to the water distribution network…we did not need to be asked twice.

NAWEC application
The Gambian National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) asked Rebel for financial support to help apply for an ORIO grant. This grant is meant to cover part of the cost involved in building the infrastructure for connecting 11 small to medium-sized villages to the drinking water distribution network.

The financial part
Our strength lies with the specialist financial aspect of things but we also like to be creative and in this case we asked ourselves how we could maximise the number of connections. At the same time, Calvinists that we are, we like to keep an eye on the purse strings. Feasibility and sustainability are paramount. We wrote a business plan based on interviews with professionals in the field, the organisations involved and NAWEC financial specialists. We then analysed the data. We put our financial solutions into models and carried out a sensitivity analysis on the funding.
Business plan in hand, our client is now ready to go ahead and apply for the grant.

The improvement part
We accepted this assignment because we felt the Gambian government really wanted to do something to improve people’s lives. It did all it could to make the money go as far as possible and connect the greatest possible number of people to the water distribution network. At Rebel we like challenges like this. It also gives us a great feeling to be able to help provide every badly needed penny.

The best part
This project shows that state-of-the-art content and profitability need not be mutually exclusive. But the project and the discussion it generated achieved more: the Fixed Water Price Act of 2006 was abolished and prices are now index-linked. Not only did we help locally, we also made a difference nationally. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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