What problem are you trying to solve?
In Kenya, it is estimated that only a 1/3 of the population has access to safe drinking water close to their homes at an affordable price. Therefore, every morning school-going children have to wake up early to walk long distances so as to secure water for their families from the river or well before going to school, causing absenteeism resulting to school drop-outs. In 2013 International Transformation Foundation members worked together on a countrywide research project about a sustainable clean drinking water system. One of the main insights gained is that all communities wish to improve their water system. For some; they do not have a working water system at all. The Problem with current water projects in Kenya’s communities can be divided in:
- the water system with the technical components to get groundwater to the tap and
- the paying system that describes what to pay for, how to maintain the system and how the business is set up; the social system.
What is your solution to this problem?
- The first microcredit project for schools with a sustainable business model, creating money for WASH activities in school.
- A repaid loan system that is redeployed to additional schools in need, thus reducing the need for subsidies and dependency.
Improved Sanitation And Health:
- All sanitation facilities are improved around the school, the money from the water kiosk is used to purchase soap and toilet paper for the school children.
- Reduce the physical injury from lifting and carrying heavy loads of water on the heads of the children.
- Increased safety as children do not have to go to remote places to fetch water.
Education And Capacity Development:
- Increase school attendance as children no longer absents from school to secure water for their families.
- A place for work experience to learn about teamwork; commitment, leadership and responsibility.
- Children are able to transport more water to their own houses
What is your latest update on your innovation?
After successful implementation in Kenya, this April, we have just started replicating A water kiosk at School in Rwanda. Following the signing of MoU with Rwanda’s Ministry of Education to replicate the project in Rwanda to help Improve quality and learning outcomes across primary and secondary education in the country.