About the project

The Challenge

Ndau Island in Lamu County has a population of 2,800 people that is 200 households. They were all looking for a source of fresh water for domestic use. The desalination plant was using diesel power.

It was being powered by fuel which was bought from the mainland Lamu by boat which was 2 hours away by the fastest speedboat. This meant that the residents had to pay KES 20 for a jerrican of water, which was expensive for them.

This limited families from using adequate water for their needs. It increased the cost of living for the residents in the island. They could not save money or expand economically.

The Intervention

Safaricom Foundation renovated the desalination plant to convert it to a solar powered instead of a diesel powered pump. The renovation was done for KES 7.5 million.

The Impact

The residents of the island have increased the quantity of fresh water they fetch from the plant because they pay KES 5 for a jerrican of water. Using solar energy has cut the costs of operating the plant which is benefitting the community. They have more money at their disposal now to circulate and grow economically.




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