Kenya's water and sanitation crisis

With a population of 50 million, 41 percent of Kenyans still rely on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers, while 71 percent of Kenyans use unimproved sanitation solutions. These challenges are especially evident in the rural areas and the urban slums. Only 9 out of 55 public water service providers in Kenya provide continuous water supply, leaving people to find their own ways of searching for appropriate solutions to these basic needs.

The water and sanitation crisis in Kenya remains critical, and Water.org is in the process of developing new ways to scale WaterCredit to reach even more people.

Our impact in Kenya

In 2010, Water.org introduced the first large-scale WaterCredit initiative in Africa, proving the viability of this market-based approach in Kenya. Water.org partnered with both microfinance and commercial financial institutions to develop and integrate water and sanitation lending into their portfolios. The initiative achieved more than double its projected impact, providing 425,000 people access to water and sanitation in both Kenya and Uganda. 

The water and sanitation crisis in Kenya remains critical, and Water.org is in the process of developing new ways to scale WaterCredit to reach even more people. We are currently exploring alternative channels for WaterCredit implementation with the goal of achieving a bigger impact through partnering with larger commercial banks, digital financial service providers, and water service providers. For example, we recently launched a five-year program incorporating new channels for service delivery through a partnership with a commercial bank. 

Additionally, Water.org has been implementing direct impact programs in Kenya since 2005 and WaterCredit programs since 2010. To date, our programs in Kenya have reached more than 3.9 million people with access to safe water and sanitation.

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