Ijaabo Water (formerly known as Somwater)

Founded in 2004, Ijaabo Water (“Ijaabo”) is the only known piped water provider in Somalia that also purifies, bottles, and distributes water and ice products. With the use of three diesel generators and a 26.5 kw solar installation, Ijaabo powers its purification, bottling, and ice production, while also producing enough solar energy to draw out water to company-owned piping where it is then stored in its water tanks. Established to provide accessible and clean water supply to homes and commercial entities in Mogadishu, the company has seen continued growth in its piped water services and has expanded to include complimentary business lines such as bottled water and ice.

As demand for Ijaabo’s services grew, the company quickly became a household name in Mogadishu. Through a Shuraako-facilitated investment, the company was able to expand its serviceable area and reach new clientele by procuring land, an 800 m3 water tank, and solar equipment (26.5 kw). This investment allowed Ijaabo to fully utilize its new well, established in 2015 through a previous Shuraako-brokered investment. The investment also allowed Ijaabo to increase its available water storage by 380 percent and its solar capacity by 100 percent.


Enterprise Size: Medium
Year Founded: 2004
Project Sector: Manufacturing
Previous Financing: Arsenault Family Foundation