Our flagship initiative dubbed ‘Maji Mkononi’ short for ‘Water in your Hand’ seeks to improve access to Water Infomation across the Water Value Chain through Real-Time Water Monitoring. We provide Point-of-Use water level monitoring to help B.O.P. water providers to monitor and manage water in their tanks/reservoirs.
LOCATION; Kibera, Nairobi- Kenya
OBJECTIVE; To improve Water Consistency in Community Water Points in Kibera through Real-Time Water Monitoring and SMS-Messaging.
TARGET; Local Water Point Owners and Operators.
PROJECT PERIOD; September 2017-December 2018.
In Kibera, over 95% of the population rely on communal water points as their main source of water. These water points are often faced with severe water shortages. With little to no data existing on water distribution for this urban informal community, and riddled with water cartel challenges among other factors, it is difficult for the utilities to improve on their supply. Using Mobi-Water, we aim to improve water consistency in these water points and reduce the amount of time taken by women and girls to search for water.
The “Maji Mkononi” Project is our flagship project in Kenya’s largest slum- Kibera-aimed at improving water access through working with water service providers in the area. Through working with local water service providers, Mobi-water systems are installed in various water access points in Kibera. The water service providers can then access their water information on our platform, mainly through the SMS text messages and through our Mobile APP “Mobi-Water”. This information is intended to caution them of water wastage and alert them when the water points are running low. This would reduce instances where water points ran dry abruptly, and directly improve water consistency for the community. And being that many of these water access points double up as sanitation facilities, improving water consistency for them directly improves the access to and quality of sanitation for the community.
Maji-Mkononi Theory of Change:
There are many theories of change that overlap and fit into our multi-dimensional Mobi-Water project. The key assumptions underlying the concept of Maji-Mkononi that will lead to significant change within the community’s WASH sector are as follows:
That if we get water service providers, Individuals or community groups, to adopt our monitoring solution, through clearly articulating the business advantage of monitoring their water, then the water points will have a more consistent flow of water, due to increased awareness of their consumption trends.
That if Mobi-water would cause positive behavioural change of how people monitor their water, we would look to form partnerships with other water organisations working with communities and replicate the model, to ensure sustainable WASH projects long after the project implementation phase.
That from the DATA collected on water shortages, rationing cycles and other factors, we would work with project implementors and utilities to provide better insights on water distribution, enabling data-based decision-making to bridge the gap between water supply and demand.
OUR SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:
Reduce the time takes by community members to locate available water points
Help water service providers in monitoring water level trends and predicting future water demand in specific regions.
Increase sustainable water availability for household purposes
Build capacity of local community on water supply, health and hygiene
With Real-time water information, water operators are able to make better decisions on their water use leading to increased water availability.
Project Implementors get access to Online Dashboard that lets them monitor all their water projects on one platform, get real-time field data and provide better support Post-Implementation.
Real-time water monitoring and Information access leads to improved accountability and trust between Water Committees especially in Community-owned Water Projects.
Real-Time monitoring will generate data that was previously inaccessible which will be valuable in improving water access to marginalized communities.