Bring safe drinking water to thousands of people in Ndola, Zambia

In Zambia, two out of three people lack access to safe water. We want to bring our water pasteurizer into production so we can install two in Ndola, Zambia.
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Fred Colgan
Design
Eugene, Oregon
United States
8 Team Members
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Bring safe drinking water to thousands of people in Ndola, Zambia

What is this Indiegogo campaign about?  

In Zambia, two out of three people lack access to safe drinking water. Institutional Stove Solutions (InStove) has developed a super-efficient water pasteurizer that can provide safe water for over 1,000 people for just two cents per person, per day. We want to bring our water pasteurizer into production so that we can install two of them in a village near Ndola, Zambia. 

We are field-testing our pasteurizer prototype in Zambia right now, and we are already providing clean, safe water to the people of Ndola. The village residents love the pasteurizer - they can't wait for the permanent installation of the next two. With your help, we will install two pasteurizers in this village by early 2014. We have partnered with SoHIP - a grassroots sanitation and development NGO in Zambia - to engage community leaders and ensure that the pasteurizer is culturally appropriate and effective in the field. 

Director of Technology Damon Ogle setting up the pilot pasteurizing system in Ndola, Zambia.

What we need:

InStove needs $30,000 to place two water pasteurizers in Ndola, Zambia so that we can provide safe water to over 2,000 people each day.

If we exceed our goal, any additional funds will be used to produce and place additional water pasteurizers in villages, refugee centers, schools, clinics, and other areas of high need.

How does the water pasteurizer work? 

InStove's gravity-fed pasteurizer works with our 100 Liter Stove; it is 100% effective at eliminating all waterborne pathogens including hepatitis AE. colishigellaentamoeba, retroviruses, polioviruses, giardiacryptosporidium, and the bacteria that cause typhoid and cholera.

Team members collect water for sampling from a river in Ndola, Zambia.


Our system heats water to the pasteurization temperature (71ºC), and then releases it, treated, through a heat sensitive valve that prevents cooler, unpasteurized water from exiting. Our pasteurizers produce up to 100 gallons of water per hour. This is enough safe water to meet the needs of a village or community of displaced persons.  


Lab intern, Dorcas and Director of Technology, Damon analyze water samples.

About Us

Institutional Stove Solutions—InStove—is a 501(c)(3) non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 2012. We are dedicated to relieving suffering, improving health, and reducing harm to the environment through the design and delivery of highly efficient biomass cookstoves, and associated technologies to the most vulnerable populations worldwide.

Over 1,000 of our cookstoves are currently in 23 countries, primarily in refugee camps in Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Kenya. We have also placed a fully functioning "Stove Factory-In-A-Box" in Nigeria, which employs local workers to create more than 10 stoves per day. Other technologies that work with our stoves include this pasteurizer, a paired autoclave, and a manually-operated, biomass briquette press.

Other ways to help

Spread the word! You can follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or LinkedIn. We will also be updating our website and blog throughout this campaign. Please tell your family and friends about this project, and share it with them on Twitter or Facebook. 

Risks and challenges:

Will it be too difficult to train people to use the pasteurizer?

No, we have trained many people to use our pasteurizer in this same region of Zambia. We have an established model for future training.

Is it safe to work in Zambia?

Although some parts of Africa occasionally make the news for security reasons, our team will be working with known partners in a familiar community in Zambia—a country which has been called the second-safest in Africa.

Are there any problems associated with shipping the pasteurizers to Zambia?

No, our shipments are fully insured, and we have successfully shipped to 23 countries around the world.

How do you know the pasteurized water is safe to drink?

With the help of our partner, SoHIP and their water-testing laboratory, our team of engineers in Zambia has already proven that the water our prototype produces is safe. The valve mechanism in the pasteurizer only permits clean, pasteurized water to leave the system.

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    We want you involved in bringing these pasteurizers to Ndola, Zambia. We appreciate you giving what you can, and sharing this campaign with your family and friends. Your name will be added to our "board of thanks" on Facebook!

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    We would like to send you the previous perk, plus an InStove postcard with a photo of the pasteurizing system in the field.

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    Receive the previous perks, plus a stylish reusable grocery bag with InStove's logo! (Please add $3 USD to ship outside the US)

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    Share your support for stove solutions with an awesome 100% cotton InStove t-shirt, available in both men's and women's sizes. You will also be featured on our "board of thanks"! (Please add $5 to ship within US, or $8 to ship abroad)

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    Feel the warmth of our stove and pasteurizer in an InStove sweatshirt! You will also be featured on our "board of thanks"! (Please add $8 to ship within the US, $14 to ship abroad)

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    In addition to the previous perks, take a personalized tour of InStove's factory in Oregon with director Fred Colgan--transportation not included. If you can't make it, we'll send you a DVD tour. (Please add $8 to ship within the US, $14 to ship abroad)

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    In addition to the previous perks, attend our Stove Camp summit in Cottage Grove, a gathering of leaders in the clean cookstove movement! (Transportation to Stove Camp not included.) If you can't make it, we'll send you a Stove Camp DVD. (Please add $8 to ship within the US, $14 to ship abroad)

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    In addition to previous perks, we will elegantly inscribe your name, or the name of a loved-one, on one of the pasteurizer units. This name will be associated in perpetuity with safe water. We will send you a high-quality photo of the dedicated pasteurizer. (Please add $8 to ship within the US, $14 to ship abroad)

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    In addition to all previous perks, Executive Director Fred Colgan will make a toast to you before drinking water from the pasteurizer during his trip to Zambia in 2014. We'll shoot a video of it and you'll be the first to see it before we post it to our website and social media!

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    In addition to the previous perks, receive your very own 60 Liter Stove! Not typically available for purchase by individuals, the 60 Liter Stove can be used for demonstrations, backyard events, or as a day-to-day cooking device in areas without electricity. Shipping is not included.

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    Receive your very own 60 or 100 Liter Stove! Not typically allocated for purchase by individuals, like the 60 Liter Stove, our 100 Liter Stove can be used for demonstrations, backyard events, or as a day-to-day cooking device in areas without electricity. Shipping is not included.

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