Joelex Receives Funding From Aqua For All To Further Deploy Sanitation Facilities In Uganda

22 June 2020: Geneva


Joelex, part of the Toilet Board Coalition’s 2019 Accelerator Program, has been building an urban-slum community sanitation centre model since 2017 and currently operates two sanitation centres in Kampala. In this next phase of growth, Joelex is looking to introduce modular facilities and technology to enrich user experience and improve business economics.

Aqua for All is providing funding and business advice for Joelex‘ expansion plans as part of its commitment to promote innovation, sustainability, and inclusiveness in water and sanitation.

“We are delighted to support Joelex to grow its business by developing modular sanitation facilities. This is an important step forward towards achieving sustainable scale. Joelex can be a game-changer in making proper sanitation accessible for all in urban Kampala,” said Leandra Roller, Aqua for All’s programme officer.

“During our Accelerator Program, Joelex demonstrated real potential to deliver community sanitation at scale in urban Kampala. This new funding is a critical step for Joelex and we are confident that it will unlock many opportunities to support them in reaching their expansion goals”, said Venu Gupta, Toilet Board Coalition’s Director of Accelerator Program.


JOELEX is a locally owned social enterprise that makes improved public water, sanitation and showering accessible and affordable for the urban poor in Kampala, Uganda through well-constructed and properly maintained pay-per-use public water, sanitation and showering facilities

Through a franchise operational model designed for scale JOELEX makes water& sanitation accessible, affordable for the urban poor in Kampala, Uganda by building, then providing franchisees (local leaders land lords, and local entrepreneurs) to operate smart-enabled, fully automated, modular, real-time technology monitored public sanitation facilities within urban slums, trading centres & cities.

The company has been operating over the last 2 and half years, with the designed franchise operational model designed for scale, JOELEX looks forward to scaling and reaching 3-4.5 million people within the next 2-4 years from now

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Aqua for All is a not-for-profit organisation operating in Africa and Asia. For almost two decades, we have worked towards catalysing an innovative, sustainable, and inclusive water and sanitation economy worldwide.

We believe that innovation, scalable solutions, and public and private capital are needed to bridge the service and financial gap to achieving SDG 6 – Water and sanitation for all.

We use grants to accelerate providing access to water and sanitation to low-income households and institutions. We do this by supporting innovations and scaling up enterprises until they are ready for investments without distorting the market. In addition, we use our funds to mobilise private and public capital to increase investments in water and sanitation.

We are Making Water Count!

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Established in 2015, the Toilet Board Coalition is a business-led partnership platform with the goal to accelerate the transition to the Sanitation Economy.  Our ambition is to transform sanitation systems from unaffordable public costs into robust marketplaces of sustainable business value.

The TBC is facilitating private sector engagement; large company – small company partnerships through the accelerator program; and public-private collaboration to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6 – Universal access to water and sanitation.

Since 2016, the Toilet Board Coalition’s specialized corporate accelerator programme has been supporting entrepreneurs with bespoke mentorship, partnership, and the visibility to scale their sanitation economy businesses. The accelerator portfolio currently consists of over 30 SME’s operating across 12 countries.

For inquiries, please contact: Christelle Donaldson: or +41 79 288 77 95 in Geneva.

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