From Nairobi one can travel North by paved road to Meru, Kenya where Margaret Mutembei calls the rural village of Kirindine her home. It is here she and her husband raise their four children and run a small farm. In addition to managing the farm, Margaret’s husband rents ox-carts to water vendors.
Overall, 17.5 million of Kenya's population do not have access to safe water and more than 31 million lack improved sanitation. Which is why in 2013 Margaret joined a Self Help Group (SHG) to learn more about the water and sanitation issues in her community. Offered by Water.org’s partner, ECLOF, the SHG introduced Margaret to Water.org's WaterCredit program as a way to fund the construction of a toilet and water well on her property. This would help prevent her family from common water-related illnesses and bacterial infections.
Realizing it was possible to have safe water and a toilet at home through WaterCredit, the couple decided the micro-finance loan was a good solution to meet their basic needs. Now Margaret and her family have improved access to water and a toilet at home.
This story was made possible by Water.org’s partner, ECLOF, and through a generous partnership with The MasterCard Foundation.