Safaricom invests in overhead water distribution in Kibera

Safaricom invests in an Innovative overhead water distribution BUSINESS MIND

Safaricom Foundation has invested Ksh.12 million in an innovative overhead distribution system is designed by Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), a local development organization in Nairobi. The distribution system, similar to the electricity distribution system will use overhead pipes supported by wooden poles, terminating at various water kiosks in Kibera. Effectively, the new system will cut the price of a 20-litre water jerrycan by 60% from kshs 5 to kShs 2. This innovative design enables fast deployment, by avoiding tedious trench digging and underground pipe laying.

The idea of an overhead water piping system, was conceptualized as a way around the complicated and costly logistical hurdle of distributing water across an informal settlement, said Kennedy Odede ,SHOFCO Executive Director

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore announced the Sh.12 million boost when commissioned the project in the company of Safaricom Foundation chairman Joe Ogutu and Shofco founders Jessica Possner and Kennedy Odede in Kibera.The partnership aims to scale up the provision of clean and accessible water to 84,000 people in the informal settlement of Kibera, most of whom have been forced to rely on exploitative water vendors for their daily water needs.

 A veiw of the Innovative overhead water distribution developed by SHOFCO , and supported by Safaricom Foundation .PHOTO COURTESY

A veiw of the Innovative overhead water distribution developed by SHOFCO , and supported by Safaricom Foundation .PHOTO COURTESY