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Young Water Fellowship

Sobre el programa

El Young Water Fellowship (YWF) es nuestro programa insignia. Su objetivo es empoderar a jóvenes emprendedorxs procedentes de países con ingresos medios y bajos para que creen empresas sociales que aborden problemas sobre agua, saneamiento, higiene, contaminación y escasez del agua. Para hacerlo ofrecemos una capacitación enteramente financiada sobre negocios, agua y saneamiento, capital semilla para sus proyectos piloto, y tutoría con expertos de alto nivel durante un año.

Ofrecemos las condiciones necesarias para que jóvenes emprendedorxs creen empresas sociales de agua y saneamiento.

Call for applications

Young Water Fellows are selected through an open call for applications according to criteria that include innovation, impact, feasibility, business potential, leadership potential of the candidate


Selected Fellows attend a two-weeks start-up training delivered in partnership with local and international incubators. After completion, Fellows have a viable business model to tackle a water or sanitation issue, ready to pilot.

Seed funding for pilot implementation

Fellows can apply for a seed funding grant of up to €5000 to pilot their business models over 6 months following the training. So far, 97% of selected Fellows have received funding. The average amount awarded is €4400.

Coaching and mentor matching

During the pilot implementation, YWS offers regular coaching calls to Fellows, and matches them with senior experts according to their needs. They also join the YWF Alumni community, where they can meet and interact with Fellows from other cohorts.

Convocatoria de candidaturas

Para obtener más información sobre las próximas ediciones del YWF y sus convocatorias, consulta la sección de Aplicar section.

Nota: A partir de 2020 y hasta nuevo aviso, la Edición Global del YWF se convertirá en un Programa de Aceleración para Alumni del YWF. No se abrirán más solicitudes para esta edición.


Desde 2017, Young Water Solutions ha llevado a cabo tres ediciones globales del Young Water Fellowship y una edición regional en África del Este, que proporcionaron formación, tutoría y financiación inicial a 10 jóvenes emprendedorxs en cada edición. Durante la implementación de sus proyectos piloto, las empresas sociales creadas por lxs Fellows han beneficiado a más de 30.000 personas en todo el mundo. Para obtener más información sobre los resultados de cada edición, descarga los informes de los siguientes enlaces.

Además de implementar soluciones de agua y saneamiento (ODS 6 y 14), las empresas sociales de nuestrxs Fellows son creadas desde una perspectiva de género (ODS 5), buscan aumentar las oportunidades de empleo para jóvenes locales (ODS 8) y, consecuentemente, reducir el nivel de pobreza (ODS 1).

Comentarios de nuestros Fellows

This project changed my life, changed my vision and broke down all cultural barriers. I am very confident of myself right now, I know that even if I am a girl, even if I am indigenous, I can do anything... Because I have the potential, I have the strength to get where I want to get.

Julajuj Co


The training, exposure and support that comes with being a fellow is exactly the headstartI needed to get me going. The impact goes beyond me; my community will feel and see the difference in water quality and access.

Mary Gathoni


The Fellowship was a mind-opening and elating experience. It helped bring my ambiguous innovation into a tangible and practical idea, the opportunities through the different networking sessions were incredible, the friends we made and fun are amazing experiences that I hope everyone in the WASH sector gets to experience.

Patricia Rodha


With the helpof Young Water Solutions and cewas we were able to kick start our Social Business. It was an amazing experience... to be part of global family composed of young water professionals together with one goal: addressing global water scarcity.

Fidel Ramos


It has been a great experience for me, I really enjoyed and learnt lots from it. It has built my confidence, broadened my entrepreneurship skills and for sure it is the best place to be.

Anna Kadari


It should be fair to admit that this project has really been critical in enhancing my capacity and to my working team on what it takes to carry out flourishing sanitation project and widening my networks locally, regionally and internationally. This should therefore be a clear justification for my heartfelt appreciation to YWS for the financial support to implement this project.

Jonathan Nkungu


I really learnt a lot from being a Young Water Fellow. I had never been exposed with this kind of insight before. I faced many challenges and obstacles but all mentors have helped me through their suggestions. From here I can enrich my skills on water business and also how to make a great impact in community.

Nuha Anfaresi


Thanks to YWS and cewas what was just an idea, will now be a reality. This opportunity not only helped me with my social business but it was also a great life experience.

Ericka Calderón Vargas

Costa Rica

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of the Young Water Fellowship 2019 because with the training, mentorship and seed funding received, I now feel empowered to make a positive impact in the lives of urban slum residents in Kenya.”

Joyce Klu


Being part of the Young Water Fellowship was a great letter of introduction to manage additional resources and allowed me to share my experience in different spaces both nationally and in meetings with local governments, with directors of NGOs , with other water and sanitation technicians and international ones such as the World Water Forum.

Vilma Chanta

El Salvador