Joelex a CleanTech, water sanitation innovation/startup, was among the six African healthcare startups out of over 300+ submissions, selected by Amref Health Africa to join the 2018 Innovate for Life Fund Accelerator programme – which supports post-revenue entrepreneurs with innovative products tailored to improve primary healthcare.
Joelex, was selected with Baby Grubz (Nigeria), Baobab Circle (Kenya), Tiny Hearts Technology (Nigeria), Ujuzi Fursa Africa (Kenya), and Wastinnova (Zimbabwe). The six startups went through a vetting process that was conducted by a health panel and a selection committee, consisting of African health care stakeholders and key investors in African ventures.
The accelerator program is to run for 5 months (from September 17th 2018) specifically designed for the African health context, the six entrepreneurs to be embedded in the Amref Health Africa organisation.
Now in its second year, the Innovate for Life Fund aims to support African entrepreneurs to accelerate home-grown health solutions for the African market. According to Amref Health Africa, they believe that African-based, local innovations, with the realities of each country and each community embedded at their core, are vital for lasting health solutions.
Joelex makes sanitation accessible and affordable for the urban poor in Kampala by building and operating toilets, showers and its new water innovation technology especially in slums and markets. The startup is led by its Chief Executive, & Founder; Joel Ssimbwa Mukasa who believes that one day, his services will spread to not only the rest of Uganda but also other countries.
In an article by the Daily Monitor published on May 24th, 2018, Joel, noted that Joelex currently, has facilities in Kireka and Kyaliwajala in Wakiso District. He further told the paper that they’re in negotiations with the leaders of Kiganda slum in Kasokoso, Nakawa Division, to build a facility there as well.
The startup by end of year 2021, plans on having over 200+ sanitation facilities in Kampala City serving between 100,000 – 300,000 of the urban poor, primarily women, children and the youth. In addition, create up to 3,000 jobs to the urban unemployed youth, as well as educating over 300,000 women, children and youth on the importance of using a toilet, shower and its ways of preventing, preventable sicknesses and diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea.
How the Joelex product works
They product currently has a 6 revenue models i.e. every single day, they get between 100 – 1000 people that come for a short call and pay USD$0.08 per person, USD$0.10 for a long call, USD$0.15 to take a shower, and access water for domestic use at USD$0.09.