Kenya’s state of water crisis
The state of water crisis in Kenya is such that with a growing population of above 40 million, approximately 40% of Kenyans still depend on unimproved water sources, including ponds, shallow wells, lakes and rivers. These challenges are particularly evident in the rural areas and the urban slums.
In 2017, M-Sadaka was formed and tackling lack of access to clean water as a main objective. We purpose to partner with microfinance , commercial banks, digital financial service providers, water service providers, NGOs, INGOs and commercial financial institutions to name just a few, towards developing and integrating clean water accessibility into their portfolios. Targeting approximately 425,000 people access to water in Kenya by end of 2018.
A story that motivated us
- This is a story of Hellen. She’s a farmer, a single mom, and the primary care-giver to her elderly mother. In addition to all the challenges she has to face, every morning she takes a long walk to collect water needed for breakfast, bathing, and cleaning – usually from a distant, unsafe natural sources. Hellen and her family are also vulnerable to killer diseases such as cholera due to her old water tank posed as an open barrel of standing water that can quickly become a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
- There were only a few occasions on which Hellen purchases water from a vendor. She valued the time saved by just purchasing water, but for her it is unwise and financially unfeasible to do this regularly. Thus, pond water is the family’s primary option.
- Hellen’s home and small farm are located in a rural village outside Nairobi, Kenya. Two long rainy seasons benefit Hellen’s crops however it wasn’t until recently that she could take advantage of the abundant rainfall for her shaky business and her family’s consumption.
- We thought a resourceful woman like Hellen, with a little help of a fully enclosed fiberglass tank is designed to endure the elements and provide safe water for decades to come, can be a very productive woman who will be able to comfortably make ends meet. During and after the rains, Hellen can store enough water for her home and crops. This will free her from time spent collecting water. And, her well-fed plants earn her money, some of which she used to raise her family better. We aspire to help Hellen have more say over her mornings. What she does with that time is her choice.
Why water project
- 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.
- In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
- Half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease.
- Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the family member responsible for fetching water.
- The physical and time burden of water hauling was found to fall primarily on women and girls who make up 72% of those tasked with fetching water.
- 84% of the people who don’t have access to improved water, live in rural areas, where they live principally through subsistence agriculture.
- Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.
Benefits of water
- According to the World Health Organization, for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34!
- By investing in clean water alone, young children can gain more than 413 million days of health!
- The United Nations estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 billion hours per year collecting water; the same as an entire year’s labor in all of France!
- Research has shown that for every 10% increase in women’s literacy instead of water fetching or other non-economical beneficial activities, a country’s whole economy can grow by up to 0.3%.
Let us do this together! Thank you in advance.