Safaricom and Grundfos were announced winners of the Best Product, Initiative or Service for Underserved Segments in the Social and Economic Development category.
In September 2009 listed telecoms operator Safaricom entered into a partnership with Grundfos LifeLink, part of the Danish worldwide pump manufacterer Grundfos,that allows rural communities to access safe water and pay for it through the M-PESA money transfer service.
The unique partnership which was launched in Kitui in September 2009, uses M-PESA's Pay Bill functionality. It transfers a subscriber's M-PESA balance to a smart card which can then be used to draw water at subsidized rates from automatic water systems specially developed by Grundfos.
With this partnership,rural water supply in Kenya has taken a leap into the future with a new and sustainable solution for small and rural communities.
Some time back I blogged about the Safaricom-Grundfos partnership and how it works. If you have the time you should check it out here (Link).