By Alie Eleveld - Sondu Water Enterprise June 2017
WHY ARE WE ASKING FOR MORE FUNDS
We would like to improve and scale up our services to have a bigger health impact and chance of sustainability of the Sondu Water Enterprise in the near future.
Many costumers are already reaching the enterprise for water. We would like to take advantage of this and offer few health products for sale, such as hand washing soaps, household water treatment, jerry cans, ceramic filters, toilet tissue, sanitary pads, solar lamps, clean cook stoves, nutritional supplements, mosquito nets and repellent soaps. These products are already available at SWAP and can be introduced to Sondu.
Monthly Stipend for a Community Health Promoter, who would focus on health education and sales of products while assisting with the water sales.
Refresher trainings of the team on business skills, record keeping, social marketing and social behavioral change communication, product, health and hygiene promotion and safe water systems interventions.
Community and partners engagement, regular local leaders meetings, meetings with community health volunteers to enhance ownership, support and community mobilization.
A smart phone for the water operator and community health volunteer for transmission of sales data and mobile money transfer (Mpesa).
Branded T shirts and leso’s used by mothers as wrap around skirts and to carry their babies. Also branded riding gears for the motorbike riders who sell water to households. This can be used as marketing tool and incentive for regular customers.
Solar panels to facilitate the water operator to continue operations and sales in the evenings and increase sales and revenue
Solar security lights for the night
Solar pump to avoid the cost of fuel ongoing.
Training of a reliever during leave or sickness of the water operator
Monthly water quality tests and monitoring which can be done at SWAP's water lab
Monthly wages of the water operator and security guard
During the period between January and March 2017 we faced severe drought in the area with communities at risk of contracting diarrheal illness. Water sources were running dry and heavily contaminated, shared with animals as well as used for washing clothes and bathing.
Because of the drought there has been overwhelming demand for water from the Sondu Water Enterprise, with people lining up for water as early as 5 am in the morning and the center staying operational during evening hours and weekend.
Following several management meetings to prioritize the most urgent requirements, SWAP management settled on the following, which needed funding.
Business Permit- Annual requirements for enterprises
Fencing and installation of a gate for security reasons.
Additional 5000 liter tank to increase capacity and provide more water
Distribution of IEC materials / Calendars as incentives for customers
Sale of Clean Vessels – 20 liters jerry cans
Monthly water quality water testing of the water sold to the communities
Monthly Wages of the water operator and security operator
Monitoring visits by the Management Team of SWAP and ongoing mentoring
Provision of cleaning materials, toilet tissue, hand washing soap.
We sincerely want to thank all those sponsors and donors who contributed towards this project.