Expanding water services through innovation and financing

In Makueni County, the Chyulu Valley Water Project is a clear example of a community water business taking steps to expand water supply services through innovative ideas and commercial financing. Under the leadership of Veronica Musyoki, the project has increased its customer base from 7,000 to 20,000 in four years by constructing 11 new water kiosks and connecting 73 households and institutions to water. The company as now established a water bottling plant to boost group income and expand water access.

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Clean and reliable water means healthy students and a productive community

When the Wiser Secondary School in Muhuru Bay in Migori County opened in 2010, the community was hopeful that their children would be able to have a good education. But the lack of clean, reliable water at the school and in many homes meant students were often absent, helping their mothers make the treacherous journey down to Lake Victoria to collect water, or they were sick with a water-borne disease.

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Promoting improved sanitation through community groups

In June 2019, the Vaele Women’s Group – which formed in 2010 and offers members low-interest loans through a member savings plan – expanded its entrepreneurial sites by starting a sanitation enterprise to sell products and services that improve latrines in their community. They heard about this opportunity from USAID’s Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project.

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Strength of a woman in water project management

As she skims through neatly stacked files on her desk, four water clerks sit patiently waiting to brief their manager on previous day outcomes. The silence in the room is frequently interrupted by the ringing phone. Meet Diana Rose, the first female manager of the Osieko Nambo Water Project – one of the main water supplier for 8,000 people in Siaya County. During the meeting with her technical team, she exudes confidence and gives directions and advice, emphasizing customer service and billing accuracy.

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Building a team of WASH trainers

For three days in September 2019, 55 representatives from six county water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) departments and water service providers (WSPs) convened for a KIWASH-led training in facilitation skills and running sustainable water supply services. Workshops topics included: Water Sector Reforms, Gender Mainstreaming and Environmental Sustainability, Operations and Maintenance, Customer Relations, and Marketing and Financial Management.  

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Planting trees to protect water and increase climate resilience

As a young boy, 55-year-old Silvan Kados recalls growing up in the rural village of Korondo in Migori County. Lush vegetation covered the area, streams babbled, and farmers grew plenty of vegetables each year to sustain themselves. Silvan’s parents were peasant farmers and knew the right times to plant based on the weather patterns.

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Local artisans closing the gap on improved sanitation

After working as a pump attendant at a gas station in Nairobi County for many years, 57-year-old Timothy Kulavi retired to his rural home in Likuyani, Kakamega County. Retirement gave him an opportunity to venture into farming and also practice his childhood dream of carpentry and masonry. It did not take long before he was elected as a community health volunteer in charge of one neighborhood in his village.

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Community health workers: Champions of affordable and accessible sanitation products

Photograph of a womanThe Ivingoni Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Makueni County, led by their chairperson Catherine Nyaka, are taking steps to encourage community members in 20 villages to invest in improved and affordable sanitation products for adequate toilets. The 35-member group are among 3,600 community health workers trained and supported by USAID’s Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project and other partners.

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The “miracle well” of Makueni County

Photograph of a man picking tomatoesLeonard Ngoa owns a greenhouse at the heart of Makueni County. Despite recurring drought, he is able to run his agribusiness thanks to a reliable water source - the Masaku Water Supply Company.  The enterprise is owned and operated by the Muange Masaku family and supported by USAID’s Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (KIWASH).

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Toward an Open Defecation Free Kakamega County

Photograph of a woman washing her handsEunice Onyango from Lukusi village in Kakamega County learned the health benefits of using a latrine through a community forum. “All along, I believed that defecating in faraway bushes was safe especially because it was a normal occurrence in the village,” she said. The community forums organized by USAID’s Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project opened Eunice’s eyes to the benefits of improved hygiene and sanitation practices such as using a latrine and handwashing.

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In Makueni County, the Chyulu Valley Water Project is a clear example of a community water business taking steps to expand water supply services through...
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When the Wiser Secondary School in Muhuru Bay in Migori County opened in 2010, the community was hopeful that their children would be able to...
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In June 2019, the Vaele Women’s Group – which formed in 2010 and offers members low-interest loans through a member savings plan – expanded its...

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