We have the best of both worlds; the technical expertise needed to build water systems and the people skills to make sure we’re delivering what the community truly wants.

We are WaterStarters

As a social enterprise we are founded by two divergent organizations:
Amref Health Africa, a leading health NGO and MegaGroup, a Dutch water solutions company. Together we unite different worlds to build future-proof franchisees that have real impact, on real people. Where everyone is invested, motivated and ready to make a difference. We’re stepping away from aid and moving to trade by encouraging communities that can, to co-invest in this solution and pay back. The foundation is located in the Netherlands.

The largest non-governmental health organization in Africa, working towards better health by collaborating with, and empowering communities. Committed to achieve lasting health change in Africa using an entrepreneurial approach.

An international trading company active in the water sector and based in the Netherlands. Committed to use their knowledge in water solutions and business know-how to enhance other people’s lives.


Proudly partnering with us:

Kenya County Governments

Support by creating an enabling environment: policies, guidelines and regulations. Participation from the government can also be in the form of funding and subsidising.

Maji Water Storage

Maji Water Storage produces, supplies, and installs water storage and treatment systems. Maji has more than 65 years of experience by its founders; Genap and Irrico.

Maji Milele

Maji Milele is a for-profit social enterprise based in Nairobi, Kenya. Its mission is to provide safe water for all Kenyan people through high quality prepaid water metering solutions. Not only for a few years, but ‘forever’, ‘Maji Milele’ meaning 'Water Forever'.


Upande Limited is a private Kenyan social enterprise that provides data driven decision services. Upande develops digital platforms that track assets. Smart devices collect live data on the conditions in the field and can be used to trigger changes remotely, giving customers the power to manage operations from anywhere in the world.

KCIC Consulting

KCIC Consulting (KCL) is an Africa-based sustainability consulting firm that provides sustainable and practical solutions to companies seeking global impact.

Our Financiers:


'We are leaving no one behind!'
Kennedy Omwaka Amref send an email
'Lasting change doesn't happen overnight, but rather one drop at time.'
Romy Harkx Amref send an email
Tara Klijn Amref
Peter Waiganjo Amref send an email
Martin Muchangi Amref send an email
Frank Kalff MegaGroup send an email
'One person can make a difference.'
Marijke Ernest MegaGroup send an email
'You can't change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.'
Samantha Zuidam WaterStarters send an email
Graham Nixon WaterStarters send an email


Annemarie de Jong Better Future
Bernard Verburg MegaGroup
Danny Dubbeldeman Amref

Annual reports

WaterStarters Annual Report 2021
WaterStarters Annual Report 2022

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We’re a group of mission-driven individuals who believe in the power of water and collaboration to create lasting health change. Our mission is to radically improve the situation of 1.5 million Kenyans in water stressed areas over the coming 7 years. Together with communities, entrepreneurs, and with you!

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