Kenya stories

Together, we've empowered millions of people with access to safe water and sanitation. We invite you to meet some of them and read their stories.

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To the day her life changed

Today is a day to celebrate because today Ann and her family in Kenya have lasting access to safe water at home. Read more about how a small loan made a long term safe water source possible for Ann's family and other families in her community.

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How community support and safe water help make dreams come true

Mary has big dreams, and she is working to achieve them. A safe water solution made possible by Mary’s parents and other villagers in Longonot, helped boost Mary’s confidence and more. Read Mary's story.

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Mueni's family has safe water at home

Mueni’s family lacked access to safe water at home. Not until recently did her mom learn she could take a small loan to help the family finance a long-term safe water solution. This is Mueni’s story about how lasting access to safe water at home has changed her life.

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Josephine named her daughter Victorious, and victorious they are indeed. Josephine conquered her family’s water crisis and now lives the life she always dreamt of having. Celebrate Josephine and Victorious' story with us.

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Bright futures in Kenya start with safe water

The schoolmaster at Solidarity Primary School understands the link between access to safe water and having the time and health for school. This is why she prioritized safe water and sanitation solutions for her students.

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Patricia built a life she loves

Patricia is proud of the life she’s built. Through hard work, the 53-year-old mother of three raised a family, built a small farm, and created a life she smiles about. Through's partner, Equity Bank, Patricia and her fellow self-help group members learned they could take out an affordable loan to purchase needed water solutions.

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Rain or not - Christine's family has water year-round

Several hours north of Nairobi, on the western side of Kenya sits Bokorin Village. The village is relatively dry as it experiences just two rainy seasons a year. Because the village lacks a utility-type water supply, families in Bokorin rely on the rains as their primary source of water. Families like Christine’s. Read how she got an affordable, lasting source of safe water for her family to have year-round.

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Leah's family has safe water at home now

Leah lives in a rural village about an hour from Nairobi. She was once one of the millions who rely on unimproved water sources to survive. Read her story.

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Sarah and Steve
How Sarah and Steve gave their family safe water

An inspiring story from Kenya, watch as Sarah explains how she and her husband, Steve, were empowered with a small, affordable loan to give their family access to safe water at home.

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Our partners in Kenya share first-hand the power of lending for water and sanitation
Our partners in Kenya share first-hand the power of lending for water and sanitation

The financial institutions with whom we partner share our vision of safe water and sanitation for all. They share it because our partner financial institutions have seen firsthand how when they lend to their customers for household water and sanitation solutions, these families experience improved health, time for education, income generation and other socio-economic opportunities. Read more about this through the testimonies of our partners in Kenya.

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A young girl plays in Haiti
Time to play

When kids have access to safe water, there is more time to play. After a day at school, summer, holidays—these are times for fun and play. Yet, for the millions of kids who don't have access to safe water at home, such carefree joys are a world away. Instead of play, or even time to go to school, millions of children share with their mothers the burden of water collection.

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And so she sews

Margaret enthusiastically shared her excitement about having access to water just steps from her home now. For a loan of 50,000 Kenyan Shillings (about $500) Margaret has two rain storage tanks with gutters on her home that can carry water down to the tanks.

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Together, we can empower more families with safe water.