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 At Community Level

MnU works with over 30 CBOs that form the large base of the organization's implementing partners. Among these CBOs are ; Kaptagat Usafi Group in Kangemi, Nairobi, Soweto Usafi Group in Kibera, Nairobi, NCBHA ( Nairobi Central Business Hawkers Association) in Muthurwa, Nairobi and Uvumilivu Usafi Group in Bangladesh, Mombasa County.

These four CBOs share particular success stories as to how communal WES (Water Environment and Sanitation Program me) services delivery is instrumental as opposed to individual private service delivery. 

MnU Strengthens these CBOs through capacity building that are meant to make them independent and to offer them real opportunities to expand.

The trainings ensure that the projects implemented adopt a business model which creates a framework that treats the WES facilities like a business, creating incentives toward success at every level. CBOs such as Kaptagat Usafi Group in Kangemi have used this model as a way to improve their livelihoods.

Kaptagat Group

The community manages the facilities using the pay- per- use system. They charged Ksh.2 per adult for use of the toilets, Ksh.4 per adult for use of the bathroom and Ksh.3 for 20 litres of fresh water. The group has been able to collect enough revenue to employ staff to operate and maintain the toilet facilities, pay the NCWSC service tariffs and operate a savings and credit scheme.

In 2011, group members agreed to fulfill their vision, by ensuring each of them the members own a piece of land. The group has been able to acquire 37 acres of land in the outskirts of Naivasha, which they intend to build and relocate.

These investments have transformed the community to a point where they now feel more secure about their future with less fear of being trapped in the poverty cycle.

K-WATSAN Project, Kibera

The K-WATSAN project brought together Maji na Ufanisi and UN-Habitat who signed a partnership agreement to undertake implementation of water and sanitation facilities in Kibera. 

MnU was the key implementing partner, playing the leading role in both technical and social activities.

 Among the projects implemented were: 

Construction of a resource center 

construction of 7 water and environmental sanitation facilities

Construction of a 2 km of access (tarmac) road with an adjoining drainage facility 

Construction of storm water drainage systems 

Initiating small-scale door-to-door waste collection and recycling initiatives for an effective solid waste management system 

 Some of the benefits of the project include: 

Reduction budgetary expenses and an increase in monthly savings of households in Soweto thanks to cheaper and accessible water. 

Reduced number of cases of diarrhea and other water borne diseases since the dwellers begun using the facilities. 

The tarmac road has improved service provision to the residents of Soweto 

A reduction of localized flooding within the settlement due to the construction of the 0.75km main drain on both side of the road. 

 

 

 

 

 

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