The Stone Family Foundation is a UK charitable trust established in 2005, supporting innovative, sustainable and entrepreneurial approaches to major social problems, in the UK and around the world.

Having initially funded in a wide range of sectors, in 2010 the Foundation decided to commit three-quarters of its funding (around £4m per year) to support market-based solutions in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Since then, the Foundation has made over 20 grants and provided nearly £10m of funding to the sector.

“We see Safe Water Network as a perfect fit with the foundation’s mission to promote entrepreneurial market based approaches in WASH," says John Stone, founder of the Foundation. "Their Safe Water Stations are exceptionally well run and we’re impressed by the commitment to learning and working with local partners to deliver long term solutions.  We're delighted to be supporting Safe Water Network to refine its model and replicate this across Ghana.”

Having previously supported Safe Water Network’s overall expansion program in Ghana, the Foundation is now helping advance the organization advance its household connections program, including by strengthening sales capabilities, to faciltate safely managed water at home and improve the financial sustainability of Stations.

We see Safe Water Network as a perfect fit with the foundation’s mission to promote entrepreneurial market based approaches in WASH.
John Stone, founder of the Foundation

Ongoing Innovation

Automating water services through water ATMs and prepaid “smart” meters for household connections improves access by increasing water availability and empowering consumers to collect water when it is most convenient for them.
Many rural communities have no electricity, but even in places that do, service is inconsistent, making it difficult to offer a reliable source of safe water.

Expansions

Collaborating to provide safe water access in the Ashanti Region.