Boreholes in Africa

This offsetting project helps to build, renovate, and maintain boreholes in Africa. The aim is to improve people’s accessibility to clean drinking water, particularly in rural areas. The initiative operates in Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, and Eritrea. Here, like anywhere else in the world, clean drinking water is vitally important.


According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 1.5 million people die per year as a result of water related diseases, including many children. Most African rural
households don’t have access to clean drinking water. By providing much-needed water access, the project saves lives and reduces the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Boreholes that produce clean drinking water reduce the need to boil water over an open fire to kill bacteria and viruses. One-third of the global population still relies on open fire cooking, which often takes place indoors. The smoke these fires produce is dangerous to people’s health and curb climate change and deforestation.

The Project

This project provides access to clean drinking water to rural households in Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, and Eritrea. Over the past few years, local communities have dug various
boreholes. Many of these, however, are in a state of disrepair as they haven’t been maintained properly. Carbon finance has renovated and reinvigorated many of these abandoned wells by local contractors. Local villagers received training and have been appointed to maintain their wells. If needed, these wells can be repaired by local plumbers and artisans.


Climate Neutral Group contributes to the construction and maintenance of boreholes in Africa through the purchase of carbon credits. Local entrepreneurs are trained to become builders and maintenance specialists. The project carries a Gold Standard certification.

Key SDGs impacted


Climate and environment

  • Fights climate change by reducing the emission of CO2.
  • Improves the quality of air.
  • Cuts the use of firewood to boil water, fighting deforestation.
  • Boosts the region’s biodiversity.

Social and Economic

  • Women, who are often responsible for fetching water,
    don’t have to walk further than 500m to access clean
    drinking water.
  • Communities use less firewood, saving them time in
    firewood collection and safeguards their safety.
  • Boosts employment and skills training among local
    contractors and plumbers.
  • People spend less on firewood to boil water, boosting
    disposable incomes. Savings can be spent on education, food, and healthcare.


  • Fewer deaths due to dirty drinking water.
  • Fewer fatalities due to less smoke caused by an open fire
    to boil water.
  • Fewer neck and back problems because people don’t have
    to carry as much wood and water as before.
  • Better hygiene due to improved hand washing practices
    and more information about basic hygiene.