About Ideas at Work

Ideas at Work is:

A Cam­bo­dian social enter­prise that:

  • Brings water and san­i­ta­tion prod­ucts to the Cam­bo­dian rural market;
  • Through an inno­v­a­tive dis­tri­b­u­tion channel;
  • With pro­mo­tion of financ­ing through micro loans.
  • IaW uses a busi­ness approach to full­fill its social goals.

Ben­e­fits:

  • Local access to water and san­i­ta­tion products.
  • Pos­i­tive credit his­tory at local banks for villagers.
  • Local Jobs and Eco­nomic activity.
  • To date: over 6500 ROVAI pumps installed in Cam­bo­dia mak­ing the lives of over 250,000 peo­ple eas­ier and their water qual­ity better.

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Inter­view with Angelique Smit on Social Edge


Win­ner of Entre­pre­neurs with­out Borders/​Rabobank Busi­ness plan Com­pe­ti­tion 2010!
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Win­ner of schol­ar­ship for “Global Social Enterprising”

IaW won schol­ar­ship for “Global Social Enterprising”-course at GSBI, Uni­ver­sity of Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia, USA 1831 august 2007.

IaW on USA TV

IaW was selected from 120 social entre­pre­neurs world­wide to par­tic­i­pate in the 5th Global Social Ben­e­fit Ini­tia­tive which is annu­ally orga­nized at the Uni­ver­sity of Santa Clara in Cal­i­for­nia. 17 entre­pre­neurs from 12 coun­tries worked towards their busi­ness plan pre­sen­ta­tion which was held on the final course day. IaW’s inte­grated ideas for bridg­ing the gap between tech­nol­ogy and sus­tain­able, donor-​independent reach­ing the pub­lic was received very well.

Win­ner of World Bank DM2006

water pump smallWin­ner of World Bank DM2006! In Wash­ing­ton DC on May 9th 2006 the prize win­ners of the annual world­wide Devel­op­ment Mar­ket­place com­pe­ti­tions were announced.
From the 2593 appli­ca­tions, IaW was selected together with our part­ner Resource Devel­op­ment Inter­na­tional (RDI) (www​.rdic​.org) and rewarded with funds for imple­men­ta­tion our Rope Pump project.
Imple­men­ta­tion of the project will start in July 2006.

Update 2014
The water pump fac­tory man­u­fac­tures 5 types of rope pumps and 12 staff have full­time jobs. There are over 6500 pumps installed in Cam­bo­dia (May-​2014) and our designs are shared with North Korea, Viet­nam, Indone­sia, Pak­istan, Morocco, Kenya, Tan­za­nia, Sierra Leone. The fac­tory is fully Cam­bo­dian managed.

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Ideas at Work

A Cam­bo­dian social enter­prise that:

  • Brings water and san­i­ta­tion prod­ucts to the Cam­bo­dian rural market;
  • Through an inno­v­a­tive dis­tri­b­u­tion channel;
  • With pro­mo­tion of financ­ing through micro loans;
  • IaW uses a busi­ness approach to full­fill its social goals.

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Loca­tion The Netherlands

Zand­straat 31
5529 AP Cast­eren
Nether­lands
Ph: 31 4976 81854

Loca­tion Cambodia

#132 Hanoi Street,
Sen Sok,
Phnom Penh
Cam­bo­dia
Ph: 855 12 604348