How sad I was when I heard about the most profitable business idea from our training sessions.
The idea is to sell hot water at hospitals.
No single public hospital in my country has running hot water. But, people who are sick can’t wash themselves with cold water. Caring about newborns and women who just give birth requires lot of hot water.
Unfortunately, they are left to their own.
Once upon the time, there were electric or gas water heaters at each bathroom, but that was very, very long time ago. Lack of maintenance and negligence took them all out of service.
At the biggest hospital in Togo, a lady has brought a big pot she fills with water and heat it up with charcoal or wood stick. She sells the hot water in small buckets (less than 10 liters) for 100frs.
She barely could satisfy the demand. People queue to buy hot water. Thousands buckets are sold daily. Her business is very prosperous. She was once a patient at the hospital and noticed how hard was it for her to get hot water. Once she recovered, she came back and started the hot water business.
At some hospitals there are no such hot water sellers, so patients’ parents have to bring hot water from home. At some hospital, I’ve seen this morning parents bring small stoves to heat up water and cook for their sick ones.
The worst consequence of the hot water shortage is patients spending days without washing themselves. That’s sad and very uncomfortable.
The hot water sellers make millions every month. So, my students got so clever ideas to get into that market with innovative solution.
I just wished there were a state in the country which cares. Some businesses need not to be. I don’t like much businesses which exploit people misery and vulnerability.
Do you have similar problem in your country?