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Sondu Water Enterprise

by SAFE WATER & AIDS PROJECT
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Introduction

Safe Water & AIDS Project (SWAP) uses an integrated entrepreneurial approach addressing a number of public health issues by working with already existing community structures. SWAP has been operating in Western Kenya since 2005 with public health programs and research contributing towards the achievement of sustainable development goals.

SWAP’s vision is to see a healthy and empowered community where everyone enjoys high quality of life.

SWAP’s mission is to provide innovative solutions for improved health and economic status of our communities

Background Information

Sondu Water Enterprise is located at Sondu in Kisumu County, bordering Kericho, Nyamira and Homabay Counties in Western Kenya. The population residing in Sondu largely depend on the river source water for domestic use, which is highly turbid and contaminated. The river traverses three counties thus increasing contamination along its channel before emptying into Lake Victoria. Laboratory tests on microbiological quality have revealed that the source has high coliform count and fecal contamination.

Sondu Water Enterprise

The Safe Water Enterprise was launched in July 2016. This was a collaborative initiative between Skyjuice Foundation (Australia) and Siemens Stiftung (Germany) in partnership with SWAP. Through this intervention the surrounding community members now have access to safe water, which has significantly reduced waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and amoeba and as such reduced morbidity and mortality especially in children under five. Besides the access to safe water, the community members are also offered health education on hygiene and safe water systems and services of a public toilet with a hand washing station which has been established for public use at the site.

Activities

During this period the communities were sensitized on the importance of the use of safe water following a cholera outbreak in the region. SWAP worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other partners to intervene and prevent the spread of the epidemic. This increased demand for services at Sondu Water Enterprises for clean water and safe storage.

SWAP supported the Ministry of Health with surveillance by testing water to check for contamination and the community health volunteers in the region referred families at household level to buy water from the enterprise. Hygiene promotion was done at the site and in the community.

The two female water operators rotate at the site to do sales and promotion of the services. They target potential costumers from the market place, schools, health care facilities and other institution as well as individuals at the households.

The Maji Safi Community Based organization took the initiative to organize a clean-up of the environment of the Sondu Water Enterprise. There had been crude dumping of waste which was a health hazard. The place has now been cleaned by the community members.

Monitoring

Continued support through frequent visits to the water kiosk has ensured sustained quality of work and operations through offering feedback to the Maji Safi Community- Based Organization. Also, water quality monitoring was done led by SWAP’s lab Manager Jared Oremo. For this period bacterial tests showed zero presence of E.coli and coliforms, which means the water is suitable for human consumption.

Partnerships and networking

SWAP received ongoing support from Siemens Stiftung in Germany and Kenya. A team came from Germany with the Kenyan team to SWAP to discuss achievement, challenges and the way forward. The electrical pump which is used for pumping water from the river was giving some problems and was replaced by the Siemens team. Discussion was focused on how to further build the capacity of the Maji Safi Committee, the local community based organization who are prepared to take over the Sondu Water Enterprise. Agreed was that more training was needed up to December and the plan is that they would take over the management on probation from January to March 2020 with close monitoring from SWAP and Siemens. If the probation is successful the handing over would take place by the end of March 2020. The Siemens team also visited the site to have discussions with the Maji Safi Committee members and the water operators.

 

KIWASH, the Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project has been supporting with business trainings to the Maji Safi Committee and Water Operators in the past and have continued to visit the Sondu Water Enterprise on regular basis to do on the job training on record keeping and data collection. The data collected is on income generated and sales from Water, Safe Storage Vessels, Public toilet and hire of a push cart which can carry several water vessels. Income is recorded and send daily to SWAP’s Paybill Number. This supports the payment of the water operators, cleaning materials and other expenses.

 

Way Forward

Training

A training will be done in December 2019 by Siemens with the objective of preparing the Maji Safi Community Based Organization for management of the Sondu Water Enterprise. The groups will be prepared on roles and responsibilities. Business management, financial management and technical maintenance of the Skyhydrant filtration unit and the water pump.

KWAHO, Kenya Water and Hygiene Organization will with support from Siemens train the teachers and student community surrounding the Sondu Water Enterprise on hygiene promotion and sanitation and mobilize them to utilize the site for collection of safe water.

Promotion of Water sales and Use of Public Toilet Services

To ensure sustainability of the water kiosk, members of the CBO continue selling branded water jericans to promote use of clean and safe water within the community. The public toilet is the only one at the market, so is another way of generating income. The push cart is rented out to vendors who want to sell multiple vessels of water to hotels and institutions.

Handing over to the community based organization, Maji Safi.

There are plans to fully hand over management of the water kiosk to the CBO by March 2020. But the group will manage the site on probation between January to March 2020, with close monitoring of SWAP.

 


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SONDU WATER ENTERPRISE MAY – JULY 2019

Introduction

Safe Water & AIDS Project (SWAP) uses an integrated entrepreneurial approach addressing a number of public health issues by working with already existing community structures. SWAP has been operating in Western Kenya since 2005 with public health programs and research contributing towards the achievement of sustainable development goals.

SWAP’s vision is to see a healthy and empowered community where everyone enjoys high quality of life.

SWAP’s mission is to provide innovative solutions for improved health and economic status of our communities

Background Information

Sondu Water Enterprise is located at Sondu in Kisumu County, bordering Kericho, Nyamira and Homabay Counties in Western Kenya. The population residing in Sondu largely depend on the river source water for domestic use, which is highly turbid and contaminated. The river traverses three counties thus increasing contamination along its channel before emptying into Lake Victoria. Laboratory tests on microbiological quality have revealed that the source has high coliform count and fecal contamination.

Maji Safi Kiosk

The Safe Water Enterprise was launched in July 2016. This was a collaborative initiative between Skyjuice Foundation (Australia) and Siemens Stiftung (Germany) in partnership with SWAP. Through this intervention the surrounding community members now have access to safe water, which has significantly reduced waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and amoeba and as such reduced morbidity and mortality especially in children under five.

Activities

Water sales

Sale of water continued through May to July. In May the sales stood at KES 5,990 (59USD, June KES.9,385 (93 USD) while in July the sales were at KES. 10,615. (106 USD) Compared to the previous reporting period (February - April) water sales were relatively low due to the long rains, but it improved in July as the rains have become less frequent. During rainy season communities harvest rainwater for household use.

Monitoring

Continued support through frequent visits to the water kiosk has ensured sustained quality of work and operations through offering feedback to the Community- Based Organization. Also, water quality monitoring was done led by SWAP’s lab Manager Jared Oremo. For this period bacterial tests showed zero presence of E.coli and coliforms.

Partnerships and networking

In May, a team of students and their Professor from the University of New England, USA , visited the water enterprise to learn about the technical system and the community management model of the water kiosk. The students were from departments of engineering, Public Health and Environmental Science.

Also, a team from Siemens Stiftung paid a courtesy call to the water kiosk and engaged with the management team. Siemens provided seed money to kick off this project.

Because of SWAP’s wealth of experience in monitoring the Skyhydrant filtration, SWAP successfully completed a one year contract with Siemens Stiftung for quarterly monitoring and water testing of all the Siemens supported water enterprises in Western Kenya. SWAP’s lab was utilized for testing the performance and quality.

Way Forward

  1. Training

Twenty Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) will be trained on health marketing and sanitation by Siemens Stiftung. The CHVs manage the water kiosk on a rotating basis.

  1. Promotion of Water sales

To ensure sustainability of the water kiosk, members of the CBO continue selling branded water jericans to promote use of clean and safe water within the community.

  1. Handing over to the community

There are plans to fully hand over management of the water kiosk to the CBO by the end of 2019.

  1. Replication

Working together with partners SWAP intends to replicate the Sondu Water Kiosk model within Kisumu County – to provide water to particular low income areas of Kisumu City.   Plans are underway to have this in place by early 2020.


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Introduction

Safe Water & AIDS Project (SWAP) uses an integrated entrepreneurial approach addressing a number of public health issues by working with already existing community structures. SWAP has been operating in Western Kenya since 2005 with public health programs and research contributing towards the achievement of sustainable development goals.

SWAP’s vision is to see a healthy and empowered community where everyone enjoys high quality of life.

SWAP’s mission is to provide innovative solutions for improved health and economic status of our communities

Background Information

Sondu Water Enterprise is located at Sondu in Kisumu County, bordering Kericho, Nyamira and Homabay Counties in Western Kenya. The population residing in Sondu largely depend on the river source water for domestic use, which is highly turbid and contaminated. The river traverses three counties thus increasing contamination along its channel before emptying into Lake Victoria. Laboratory tests on microbiological quality have revealed that the source has high coliform count and fecal contamination.

Maji Safi Kiosk

The Safe Water Enterprise was launched in July 2016. This was a collaborative initiative between Skyjuice Foundation (Australia) and Siemens Stiftung (Germany) in partnership with SWAP. Through this intervention the surrounding community members now have access to safe water, which has significantly reduced waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and amoeba and as such reduced morbidity and mortality especially in children under five.

Activities

Water sales

Sale of water continued during this reporting period. However, the sales in April and were low due to the onset of the rainy season. The monthly water sales were KES. 14690 in February, KES. 10,625 in March and KES. 11,130 in April.

To help in promoting water sales, 100 clean water jericans were introduced from Siemens Foundation. Each of the Jericans goes for KES. 200 and are sold at the water kiosk to local community members. Therefore, the jericans will help in encouraging local community members to use clean safe water from the water kiosk and collect and store this in a clean storage vessel.

                                          

Monitoring

Continued support through frequent visits to the water kiosk has ensured sustained quality of work and operations through offering feedback to the CBO. Also, water quality monitoring was done led by SWAP’s lab Manager Jared Oremo.

Partnerships and networking

On 3/05/2019 SWAP’s Monitoring and Evaluation manager Penina Ogendo attended a GlobalGiving meeting. This forum was aimed at sharing experiences by projects that are fundraising through GlobalGiving and she managed to share about the Sondu Maji Safi Kiosk. Other major issues that emerged during the meeting were:

  • Introduction of the revised GlobalGiving outlook and how to navigate the online site.
  • Plans to introduce local fundraising system in partnership with Safaricom’s MPESA money transfer system. Hopefully this will encourage local donors.
  • Most local donors give money only once and not repeatedly

                                      

Way Forward

  • Training

Twenty Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) will be trained on health marketing and sanitation by Siemens Stiftung. The CHVs manage the water kiosk on a rotating basis.

  • Technical support

The Siemens Stiftung will continue offering technical support to the Community Based Organization. This support will focus on the water pumping system from the river.

  • Promotion of Water sales

To ensure sustainability of the water kiosk, members of the CBO continue selling branded water jericans to promote use of clean and safe water within the community.

  • Handing over to the community

There are plans to fully hand over management of the water kiosk to the CBO by the end of 2019


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Introduction

Safe Water & AIDS Project (SWAP) uses an integrated entrepreneurial approach addressing a number of public health issues by working with already existing community structures. SWAP has been operating in Western Kenya since 2005 with public health programs and research contributing towards the achievement of sustainable development goals.

SWAP’s vision is to see a healthy and empowered community where everyone enjoys high quality of life.

SWAP’s mission is to provide innovative solutions for improved health and economic status of our communities

Background Information

Sondu Water Enterprise is located at Sondu in Kisumu County, bordering Kericho, Nyamira and Homabay Counties in Western Kenya. The population residing in Sondu largely depend on the river source water for domestic use, which is highly turbid and contaminated. The river traverses three counties thus increasing contamination along its channel before emptying into Lake Victoria. Laboratory tests on microbiological quality have revealed that the source has high coliform count and fecal contamination.

The river is used for bathing, washing and drinking. Animals use the same river. Raw sewage and run off water finds is way in the river as well. Diarrheal illness is still one of the leading causes in the area and it has been prone to cholera outbreaks. Women and children spend valuable time collecting water from the river, which is unsafe for human consumption.

There is a piped water scheme in the area which is not reliable and the supply is intermittent. Occasionally, the electricity supply is disconnected due to failure in settlement of the bills and due to drought there has been frequent rationing of water supply.

Other use surface water for household use and drinking. This has put especially young children at high risk of diarrheal illness and mortality.

The Solution

The Safe Water Enterprise was launched in July 2016. This was a collaborative initiative between Skyjuice Foundation (Australia) and Siemens Stiftung (Germany) in partnership with SWAP. Through this intervention the surrounding community members now have access to safe water, which has significantly reduced waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and amoeba and as such reduced morbidity and mortality especially in children under five.

The technology is Skyhydrant Filtration. Raw water is pumped from the river and collected in a water tank after which it is filtered through the membranes of the skyhydrant filtration unit. It is then channeled to outlets and sold to the communities at an affordable rate. Women collect water in plastic vessels of 20 liters and carry on their head to their houses. Others use bicycles or motorbikes to transport water. Traders collect and use handcarts to resell in the community.

To take care of the sanitation SWAP built a public toilet since there was none at the Sondu Market where the Sondu Water Enterprise is established. Community members can use this toilet at a fee, which is to generate some income to facilitate the procurement of toilet tissue, cleaning materials and hand washing soap. Next to the toilet there is a hand washing station which is used for demonstration.

Beneficiaries of the Sondu Water Enterprise

  • Traders at Sondu market
  • Water Vendors on motorcycle or handcart owners
  • School going children in nearby schools
  • Residents/tenants within Sondu and its surroundings
  • Patients at nearby health facilities
  • Community Health Volunteers

Partnerships and Achievements

SWAP has established strong partnerships with various Water and Sanitation partners who each played a role and made invaluable contributions with supplies, training, capacity building and marketing.

We realized the need for more marketing of the service and received from Siemens Stiftung 150 calendars to market the enterprise. The Sondu Water Enterprise was captured on the front page of the calendar. These calendars were distributed to loyal costumers, the community health volunteers, members of the Community Based Organization, traders on the market among others.

KWAHO – Kenya Water for Health Organization – supported further with training in December 2018 to local community health volunteers to assist to market the enterprise to the local community. Following this we noted an increase in water sales.

SWAP provided continues mentoring and on the job training on the use and service of the Skyhydrant filter and collecting of water samples for testing in the SWAP Water Lab.

Siemens provided further technical support, after the electrical pumping system failed. There was need for a new electrical pump which was provided and connected by Siemens.

KIWASH – Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project provided a training to the CBO members and the water operator in November 2018 on the operations, maintenance and monthly monitoring of sales.

In February 2019 an induction workshop was organized by KIWASH for WASH partners. This was attended by Jared Oremo, SWAP Lab Manager and Supervisor of the Sondu Water Enterprise and George Nyanji, the Sondu Water Enterprise Chairman. The training was on basic accounting systems and billing.

Challenges

In January 2019, the main pipes connected to the Skyhydrant system and water tanks were stolen and vandalized. SWAP replaced these with income from Global Giving and reinforced the security.

SWAP Water Laboratory

The water lab at SWAP was established in 2007 for research purposes. Initially the lab could only provide bacteriological water testing, but later also offered full chemical testing after investing in more equipment and training of staff following international standards.

SWAP continued to do regular water quality testing of the water sold to the communities. This to ensure that the water is free from pathogens and fit for human consumption. Water testing was done in SWAP’s water lab which can perform bacteriological and chemical tests. To keep this control measure SWAP ensured that the CBO members and the water operator is well trained on hygiene promotion and service and maintenance of the Skyhydrant filter as well as costumer relations.

Way forward

SWAP is working with the Sondu administrative leaders and the Sondu Maji Safi CBO to eventually hand over ownership of the enterprise after it is sustainable. In 2018 the service has been on high demand due to the drought as a result of climate change, whereby people come from far to access the service.

The plan is to do the handing over by the end of 2019. SWAP will work with the various partners to continue to build the capacity of the Sondu Maji Safi CBO members and the water operator towards sustainability.

Sondu Water Enterprise will need to renew its business permit, which is paid to the County Government of Kisumu.

SWAP seeks still more funding through Global Funding to support the process of handing over. It requires more investment in training such as business skills, record keeping, group dynamics, financial management, marketing. SWAP would still need to support the regular water testing for quality control

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT


 

 


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Introduction

Safe Water & AIDS Project (SWAP) uses an integrated entrepreneurial approach addressing a number of public health issues by working with already existing community structures. SWAP has been operating in Western Kenya since 2005 with public health programs and research contributing towards the achievement of sustainable development goals.

SWAP’s vision is to see a healthy and empowered community where everyone enjoys high quality of life.

SWAP’s mission is to provide innovative solutions for improved health and economic status of our communities

Background Information

Sondu Water Enterprise is located at Sondu in Kisumu County, bordering Kericho, Nyamira and Homabay Counties in Western Kenya. The population residing in Sondu largely depend on the river source water for domestic use, which is highly turbid and contaminated. The river traverses three counties thus increasing contamination along its channel before emptying into Lake Victoria. Laboratory tests on microbiological quality have revealed that the source has high coliform count and fecal contamination.

There is a piped water scheme in the area which is not reliable and the supply is intermittent. Occasionally, the electricity supply is disconnected due to failure in settlement of the bills and due to drought there has been frequent rationing of water supply.

Other use surface water for household use and drinking. This has put especially young children at high risk of diarrheal illness and mortality.

The Solution

The Safe Water Enterprise was launched in July 2016. This was a collaborative initiative between Skyjuice Foundation (Australia) and Siemens Stiftung (Germany) in partnership with SWAP. Through this intervention the surrounding community members now have access to safe water, which has significantly reduced waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and amoeba and as such reduced morbidity and mortality especially in children under five.

The technology is Skyhydrant Filtration. Raw water is pumped from the river and collected in a water tank after which it is filtered through the membranes of the skyhydrant filtration unit. It is then channeled to outlets and sold to the communities at an affordable rate.

To take care of the sanitation SWAP built a public toilet since there was none at the Sondu Market where the Sondu Water Enterprise is established. Community members can use this toilet at a fee, which is to generate some income to facilitate the procurement of toilet tissue, cleaning materials and hand washing soap. Next to the toilet there is a hand washing station which is used for demonstration.

Beneficiaries of the Sondu Water Enterprise

  • Traders at Sondu market
  • Water Vendors on motorcycle or handcart owners
  • School going children in nearby schools
  • Residents/tenants within Sondu and its surroundings
  • Patients at nearby health facilities
  • Community Health Volunteers

Partnerships and Achievements

SWAP has established strong partnerships with various Water and Sanitation partners who each played a role and made invaluable contributions with supplies, training, capacity building and marketing.


SWAP connected the Sondu Water Enterprise to the Kenya power. Having electricity made it easier to pump the water instead of using generators. It also created an opportunity to start a new income generating activity such as charging mobile phones. In the area where there is no electricity community members rely on others to charge their mobile phones which is done at a fee. So revenue increased with income from water sales, income from toilet use and charging of mobile phones. Siemens supported the installation of a new pump and PVC piping.

The Sondu Maji Safi team overseeing the operations at the Sondu Water Enterprise held elections and registered with the Ministry of East Africa Community Labor and Social Protection as “Sondu Maji Safi Community Based Organization (CBO) Maji Safi in Swahili means clean water. The registration is part of the process of handing over the management of Sondu Water Enterprise to the community. Already some initial training of the CBO was done but more capacity building is needed. This handing over is an ongoing process to enhance sustainability which will be facilitated in stages. Some of the administrative leaders are members of this CBO. They have 14 members, including officials such as Chair Person, Secretary and Treasurer.

Siemens and SWAP held a joined meeting with the CBO members and key points of discussion were:

  • Sondu Maji Safi CBO is now registered so they are a legal entity
  • Sondu Water Enterprise must become self-reliant without further assistance from SWAP or SIEMENS
  • Sondu Water Enterprise should belong to the community and the community must be ready to take full responsibility.
  • The CBO Members must aim to attract more customers and to sell clean treated water to the surrounding areas.
  • Ownership of the community must be seen within the group for the success of both the enterprise and the CBO.
  • SIEMENS and SWAP are ready to work with the Sondu Maji Safi CBO and introduce more products only if there is commitments and dedication of the group members.
  • The CBO members were advised to think of other projects and income generating activities to could be involved in to attract more costumers

Kenya Water for Health Organization – KWAHO – KWAHO was engaged by Siemens to support the hygiene promotion and community mobilization to help market the Sondu Water Enterprise.

Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene -KIWASH – is a USAID funded program which has expressed interest to support Sondu water enterprise. The Water Operator and SWAP employee supervising the Sondu Water Enterprise participated in a training and together worked on a business plan which is shared with KIWASH. They offered support and ongoing capacity building to help the Enterprise run more efficient towards sustainability in the near future.

SWAP continued to do regular water quality testing of the water sold to the communities. This to ensure that the water is free from pathogens and fit for human consumption. Water testing was done in SWAP’s water lab which can perform bacteriological and chemical tests. To keep this control measure SWAP ensured that the CBO members and the water operator is well trained on hygiene promotion and service and maintenance of the Skyhydrant filter as well as costumer relations.

Way forward

SWAP is working with the Sondu administrative leaders and the Sondu Maji Safi CBO to eventually hand over ownership of the enterprise after it is sustainable. In 2018 the service has been on high demand due to the drought as a result of climate change, whereby people come from far to access the service.

SWAP seeks still more funding through Global Funding to support the process of handing over. It requires more investment in training such as business skills, record keeping, group dynamics, financial management, marketing. SWAP would still need to support the regular water testing for quality control.

SWAP plans for a ceremonial handing over to the Sondu Maji Safi CBO involving all the community leaders and other stakeholders.


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