Abzal Nurzhanov decided to quit his stable income job in oil and gas company and establish his own. Aktau, a city in the arid part of Kazakhstan, has a poor quality tap water. Abzal viewed this as an opportunity to develop a bottling business. He will purify water and sell it in standard 18,9l kegs. He sees the potential in the market.
This is a story of one of the winners of Saby Fund annual “Build your business” contests. Abzal Nurzhanov applied for a grant and won an equivalent of $30,000. He has an extended yet carefully planed project in which he already personally invested some finds and started construction and paperwork. These kind of projects are proffered by Saby’s experts.
According to Abzal Nurzhanov, 26 percent of his region don’t have access to quality drinking water. The water treatment plants in cities, towns and villages are old and do not serve the water well. In a meantime the region is populated by 633 thousand people, a good third of them may be a customers for the bottled water.
At first stage Abzal Nurzhanov plans to get the raw water from the city water pipe network and purify it with a combination of filtering. After the quality check it will be bottled. The initial output of the plant will be half a tonne of pure bottled water per hour. A the second stage he plans to rise the output to one tonne. The third stage will consist of constructing the own deep water well.
The lockdown affected Kazakhstan too. Soon after the Saby granted $30,000 COVID-19 and subsequent quarantine struck the country. But Abzal Nurzhanov does not give up: he hopes to launch the entire plant in summer.
Saby fund is oldest private charity in Kazakhstan. It is founded by Aselle Tasmagambetova and Kenes Rakishev. Aselle Tasmagambetove is president and the very soul of the charity for 18 years. During these years Saby was able to help children in need, orphans and orphanages, disabled people, support Caspian seal conservation. Saby’s idea is built around the model of empowering people to help himself with an aid of Aselle Tasmagambetova, Kenes Rakishev, Vyacheslav Kim and many other businessmen and activists.