i4WATER is a non-profit company that partners with businesses and vulnerable rural, peri-urban and urban communities on projects that improve environmental wellbeing and support sustainable livelihoods. It implements water stewardship and land care programmes, as well as educational and food security initiatives, through skills development and training. It also assists communities to access land to develop sustainable and viable agriculture and permaculture food gardening. i4WATER establishes an enabling environment for enterprise development incubation to support beneficiaries within the green economy sector.
i4WATER’s flagship project, Wise Ways Water Care (WWWC), was established in 2016 and won the 2018 Trialogue Strategic CSI Award. The project strengthens the relationship between business and neighbouring communities by protecting water resources in the south of Durban. Social challenges are addressed through skills development in both accredited and non-accredited training, with a strong focus on mentorship.
Interventions include community environmental education by and for the community, addressing illegal dumping and recycling, clearing tributaries of solid waste, removing invasive plants, and assessing the health of local watercourses with citizen tool and methods. Since the project’s inception, 22 beneficiaries have been offered job opportunities and five enterprises owned and operated by beneficiaries have been formed.