by Gacheru | Sep 11, 2018 | Blog | 0 comments




Life in The slum…

The population of Kibera Slum, Nairobi is only just above 250K, with up to 60,000 people living in each square Kilometre, the population density is seven times greater than that of the rest of the City. This means that the abundance of water and clean sanitation is not always a reality. The residents totally lack access to piped water and therefore rely on community water points, and sanitation blocks. During water shortage, these public water points run out of water and the residents walk long distances to locate the few points that have water. They queue for up-to 4hours only to get a few litres, which are at a higher cost than normal times.

ENDLESS TRIPS EACH DAY…

At “Better life” Community Toilet, the situation was not any different. Mzee John, who is the owner, had a huge challenge of making several trips to a man-made well, with Jerri cans to queue so that he could get water to keep the sanitation facility running. During such periods, he revealed that he could not provide water for bathing to the community, it strictly had to be for toilets use alone. This severely affects the number of people he serves per day. In the end, This could to increase in open defecation thus, raising a lot of health concerns for the community.



A GOAL FOR 30% INCREASE…

But in 2017, MobiTech Water Solutions, set out on a mission to Improve water access and consistency in Kibera. We chose to start the “Maji Mkononi” initiative with 100 community water points, and help them monitor their water usage remotely on their mobile devices. We engaged the water point owners and operators in capacity building and training that enabled them to track usage. This ensured that they never run out of water un-aware. “Mzee John” was now able to set thresholds of water use in his tank, and he would get alarms when these thresholds were exceeded. This ensured that he could always have enough water for the sanitation facility.



We have had many successful installations in other local water points other than just “Better Life.” Hearing about the success of “Mobi-water”, many other local water points and sanitation facilities expressed interest in our technology and we couldn’t say no. Our goal was to have 100 community water points monitored by the end of our Pilot Period, and we are well on our way!

CLEAN WATER ALWAYS…

Improving water consistency one tank at a time, we are happy about the positive impact this will have for the communities, especially women and girls. We are well on track for our Goal; To improve water access to 3,000,000 people by 2020! We hope for communities everywhere to have access to water Everytime!