Agriculture, Housing, Land, and Water Support: The Kondele Network Water ProjectBack To Projects
Funds from this project were used to support various Federation activities including the Mibuyu Saba Land and Housing Project, the Kondele Network Water Project, and the Kosovo Urban Agriculture Project. The Federation was able to increase their capacity by engaging with various government officials and strengthen their savings and memberships.
Location: Kondele, Kisimu, Kenya
To improve Kondele settlement residents' access to water by engaging the water company to allow the Federation to supply the water and bill residents.Community capacity:
The Federation engaged the Kisumu water and Sanitation Company on the need of community participation process in provision of basic services. In 2012 the network was awarded a contract by the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO) the contract to operating the Delegated Water Management Model’s Master chamber that allows the Federation to supply the water to the entire Kondele settlement and bill the residents. Through this project, the Federation has created employment to community members and a source of investments for the Federation.
The Kondele Network, based on the resolution of the last county forum, planned a one day meeting to select the project committee and three day training for the committee members in both technical and management skills. The meetings brought together ninety (90) participants representing thirty (30) saving schemes. Twenty (20) people from different gender groups and age sets were selected to benefit from the training that would enable them take up different mandates in the running and management of the water project.Scale:
The water and sanitation issue was identified through a city wide profile of Kisumu County and through the Federation processes as informed by SDI practices. The Federation members in Kondele and Nyalenda networks have invested in improving water supply to their communities and a bio-gas centre (involving human waste in partnership with Umande Trust, that is offering proceeds to the Federation). The Federation alongside energy producing partners are looking at ways of packaging gas produced from the bio-centre as well as fertilizer, thus enabling future sustainability of the project.Impact:
Through this project the Kondele Muungano network has demonstrated that through strong community organising skills, the urban poor can not only be called upon in discussions on how best to go about improving their access to basic services but that they can also be actively involved in the roll out and subsequent mangement of service provision in their settlements.Finance: SDI Contributions:
SDI contributed US$40,000.00.Market Generated Returns:
None to date.
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Project information updated: 16 November 2015
Project in depth
In November 2012, Muungano Kondele Local Network (Kisumu County) engaged the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO) on a contract to supply water in Kondele settlement. The Kisumu Federation won a contract from KIWASCO as a master operator for their newly constructed flamingo water line. KIWASCO accredited Muungano on the merits of Effective Revenue Collection, Marketing for new connections and good customer care relations. The Kondele Local Network has established their clients and has begun marketing the water line. The water company has surrendered to the Kondele Project Team the details of the persons with water connections to commence the water supply.
In Kondele settlement, water and sanitation issues were identified through a city wide profile of Kisumu County and through Federation processes, as informed by SDI practices, the Federation members in Kondele and Nyalenda networks have invested in improving water supply to their communities and a bio-gas centre (involving human waste in partnership with Umande Trust, that is offering proceeds to the federation). The federation alongside energy producing partners are looking at ways of packaging gas produced from the bio centre as well as fertilizer, thus enabling future sustainability of the project.
To improve water supply to the Kondele settlement and consequently, increase Kondele residents' access to water.Community capacity:
The intention was to train community members and ensure they have the necessary technical, management and marketing skills to efficiently and profitably run the water project.Scale:
This is a settlement wide initiative, which seeks to address water and sanitation issues.Impact:
The aim was to show, firstly, that community participation is an essential component in the processes through which basic servicse, namely water, are provided. The second aim was to show that organised communities were able to, with training from the relevant bodies, provide basic services to their settlements.Finance: SDI Contributions:
SDI contributed US$40,000.00Market Generated Returns:
None to date.Costs recovered from community:
Costs recoverd from the community will be through payment of their water bills.
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