François Jaquenoud has carried out numerous missions in practically all areas of management and industry as a consultant and later Partner of Andersen Consulting (from 1975 to 1997). As a member of the Management Committee of the French operations from 1992, Jaquenoud directly contributed to the management and strategic development of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in France. From 1997 to 2003, Jaquenoud worked as an independent consultant in the area of Change Strategy and Management, while also being involved in the daily management of an SME in Lyon (GFA Services) in the area of automatic drink dispensers. Jaquenoud has been working full-time on the “1001 Fontaines pour demain" initiative since February 2004. A civil mining engineer, Jaquenoud is married and has two children.
To provide access to clean drinking water through the installation of water fountains in small rural villages. The model enables villagers to produce their own drinking water that conforms with World Health Organization standards without having to wait for a distribution network.
1001 fontaines is improving access to safe drinking water using a social enterprise model based on water sales. This initiative is targeted at small rural communities, which generally fall outside water access projects. It aims at improving the health of these populations by allowing them to meet their needs for safe drinking water in a sustainable manner and without any specific infrastructure or expertise. The 1001 Fontaine system meets 3 key requirements:
1001 fontaines’ long-term strategy is to provide totally safe water to millions of villagers in many countries: 1001 fontaines implemented several pilot projects in Cambodia between 2005 and 2011, enabling today roughly 80,000 people in 50 villages to drink safe water. We also have started similar projects in Madagascar in 2008 (4 operating sites running at present and 7 more to be launched in 2012), and a first experimental project is planned in India (West Bengal) in 2012-2013.