The two projects in Goma have created the base for the establishment of local management structures, first through a National NGO, and in 2016 through the creation of a local private and limited company, Yme Jibu Ltd.. Support has come from Fontes Invest (Norway) and Fontes GmbH Switzerland, and recently from the Swiss Bluetec Bridge Fund. Through the years, close cooperation with authorities enabled Yme Jibu (partly owned by Fontes Invest) to reach a concession agreement with Goma Town for the next 25 years to provide water services. Local teams with substantial support from Fontes develop and implement managerial, operational and technical solutions specifically adapted to local conditions and needs. In addition, studies and research are integrated parts to better understand challenges and to further improve the performance. If people in DR Congo will have a secure and steady supply of safe water, the only option is to count on a functioning management system and international investments to expand the networks to the many people still under-served.
A short interview with Andreas G. Koestler gives some additional information about project status.
Early 2017, Fontes GmbH has signed a loan agreement with Swiss Bluetec Bridge to push for scaling up the activities in and around Goma Town.