Leah is a member of Ngawene Hope self-help group (SHG) and has been an ECLOF (a Water.org microfinance partner) client since 2012. She accessed her first loan of KES 30,000 in September 2012 – for a water connection on her farmland.
Leah first heard of ECLOF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program when the WASH officer attended her group meeting. She was also a member of a community water project comprised of 201 members who had constructed a gravity-fed water system for both domestic and irrigation use. Leah needed money to connect her farm to the system which is why she took out a loan with ECLOF.
The Water connection system at Leah’s farm.
Leah now irrigates her crops throughout the year. “The water is now regular and during the dry season, when the prices are high I earn KES 20,000 a month from khat alone on this small plot of land.” The water is regular and although the community water project members do not pay any fees for the monthly usage, they are expected to provide labor when required to repair leakages and remove silt on the dam upstream.
This experience with WaterCredit has contributed to improved income for her family and has triggered Leah’s interest in accessing a household water storage facility in the near future.
This success story was made possible by a generous grant from The MasterCard Foundation.