Agriculture, Housing, Land, and Water Support: Mibuyu Saba Land and Housing Project

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Funds from this project, which began in 2013, 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. 

Under the Mibuyu Saba project land for three hundred and eighty (380) households (on 100 acres) in Kilifi/Mibuyu Saba and Kiandutu settlements was allocated. The Federation won the contract to manage activity in the settlement from the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO).  The Alliance also worked closely with academic institutions on this project, including University of NairobiUniversity of California Berkeley, and University of Cape Town.

Location: Mibuyu Saba, Kilifi, Kenya


Allocation of land for three hundred and eighty (380) households in Kilifi/Mibuyu Saba and Kiandutu settlements. So far two hundred and forty (240), out of a total three hundred and eighty (380) plots have been surveyed. The remaining one hundred and forty-one (141) plots are still to be surveyed. The project also seeks to establish better housing and service infrastructure to one hundred and eighty (180) households under the SELAVIP Housing project under the leadership of the Federation, Muungano Support Trust (MuST) and Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT).

The Federation with support from Muungano Support Trust through the SELAVIP house improvement project has already profiled and enumerated an initial twenty (20) households, who are set to benefit from the project. At the moment the Federation is facilitating the preparation of settlement layouts and house designs for authority approval. The other settlement under this SELAVIP project is Kiandutu in Thika. Ten (10) of the initial twenty (20) beneficiaries have been identified. The settlement has sixteen (16) savings groups under the Muungano banner and a total of five hundred and seventy-five (575) members. The settlement won the goodwill of the former Municipal Council, now Kiambu County Government

Community capacity:

After intense training from Muungano and MuST, the community has been able to address eviction threats by engaging the Municipal Council who in turn allocated land to three hundred and eighty (380) households. Through embracing SDI practice of enumerations and mapping, the settlement has been able to negotiate and granted land by the Municipal Council thus securing tenure for all the households.The Mibuyu Saba Muungano members are currently saving towards housing, of which twenty (20) households are in the process of benefitting from SELAVIP house improvement grant. The project also brings on board linkages with relevant stakeholders (Pwani University, Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD), Public Works office, County Government, with the aim of setting up a precedent for housing project up scaling in the region


The Kenyan alliance continues to scale up projects across Kenya's urban centres. The Alliance remains committed to achieving scale and doing so requires extending their interventions in several directions. Firstly, through scaling up the intensity of inclusion. That is, by extending options to all of those living within a designated area (not just savings scheme members). This has been partially secured through the upgrading approaches developed to date. Second, achieving scale in terms of spreading the proven options to new areas (neighbourhoods) throughout the country. This is currently happening.  Lastly, scale in terms of increasing the diversity of options that are available for (re)development thereby increasing the Federation's ability to reach out to groups with different needs and priorities.


Through this project, the Kenyan Federation has been able to continue to build its capacity to engage with Government officials around prospective projects and policies. More savings schemes have been mobilised across Kenya and with even more members being trained for loan teams. In addition to this, projects such as the Mibuyu Saba Land & Housing Project, the Kondele Network Water Project and the Kosovo Urban Agriculture project (all of which received support from MuST through this project) have successfully been initiated, with three hundred and eighty (380) households allocated land under the Mibuyu Saba project. The Federation won a contract from the Kisumu Water & Sewerage Company (KIWASCO) as Master Operator for the newly constructed water line.


SDI Contributions:

SDI contributed US$40,000.

Resources Leveraged:

Through engagement based on enumerations and mapping reports with the Municipals council in Kilifi (Mibuyu Saba) and Kiandutu settlements (100 acres), the Federation has helped secure land tenure for communities living in these settlements.

Costs recovered from community:

None to date.

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Project information updated: 16 November 2015

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Detailed Information

The Mibuyu Saba Federation joined Muungano in February 2012. Funds were given to the Kenyan Alliance of Muungano Support TrustMuungano wa Wanavijiji and Akiba Mashinani Trust (AMT) in 2013 as a continuation of a grant of US$20,000 in 2012, to support the Federation’s work. The Mibuyu Saba Land and Housing Project was a response to the increasing risk of eviction faced by slum dwellers. 

The issue of land is a sensitive one in Mibuyu Saba and through sensitization from Muungano, the community got capacitated to advocate for public land. Through enumeration and mapping the community obtained settlement data that they used to engage the Government on the need to allocate the land to the community. The land has been now allocated to the community. The Federation has also mobilised one hundred and eighty (180) members with a view of also addressing issues of provision of basic services. The settlement has also engaged utility companies and Pwani University to stimulate growth and social investments in the settlement.
The Federation met with newly elected government officials in Athi River (Machakos County) to discuss alternatives to evictions, which has lead to greater inclusion of the Federation in the country’s eviction policy discussions. Focus was put on increasing inclusion in Federation activity, not just to saving scheme members. Site specific challenges have hindered the progress of parts of this project.


The intention was to secure land and tenure for the Kilifi/Mibuyu Saba settlement dwellers. 

Community capacity:

The community, through training it had received from Muungano and MuST, the community has been able to address eviction threats by engaging the Municipal Council who in turn allocated land to three hundred and eighty (380) households. Furthermore, there has been an increase in savings in this area. Saving schemes, accumulated deposits (daily savings) and community participation in all tiers of community development and project implementation have increased. This has enabled a revitalised and assertive federation at a national level. A total of two hundred and eight (208) savings schemes have been profiled and documented. The Federation across the country with support from Muungano Support Trust programme staff, through the counties have trained and reconstituted savings and loaning teams to assist in strengthening and mobilising new and existing savings schemes to drive the savings agenda, by engaging the communities in purpose based savings


To secure access to land and actenure for three hundred and eighty households. 


Savings schemes continue to be mobilised across the country. In Machakos County, thirty (30) new savings schemes have started, with a membership of seven hundred and fifty (750) people. In the Nakuru area, the number of members doubled to a total of three hundred and sixteen (316). Many savings groups have become revitalized through their involvement in the urban agriculture project. Funds were given as a grant and thus are not to be recovered.  The use of these funds for support activity and the concomitant increased Federation membership and saving bodes well for future sustainability of the respective projects. 


SDI Contributions:

SDI contributed US$40,000.00.

Resources Leveraged:

One hundred (100) acres of land that was given to the Federation by the Municipal Council.

State Subsidy:

The State subsidy was in the form of land. 

Market Generated Returns:

None to date.

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Funding Information



Funding type:

Grant funding

Fully funded

Implementing Partners

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)

Muungano Support Trust (MuST)

Muungano wa Wanavijiji

Akiba Mashinani Trust

Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs