Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) has an ambitious plan on their table to equip homes across the 47 counties in Kenya with a water tank of more than one thousand litres.
The decades’ old women organisation pointed out the loss of millions of water during the wet season in different parts of the country, citing cases of killer floods that leave behind deaths and destruction.
The project was launched on December 15, 2020,, by President Uhuru Kenyatta in support of the empowerment of women.
The organisation partnered with Musoni Microfinance and Ndumu Tanks to realise this five-year water tank project dream of ‘clean and free water’ for millions of women and homes in the country.
It also partnered with Equity Bank Kenya to fulfill this water tank dream. The MYWO National Chairperson Rahab Muiu signed a partnership MOU with Equity Group Executive Director Mary Wamae and Group Commercial Officer Polycarp Igathe.
Organisation members will enjoy affordable credit in form of a 36-months repayment plan in exchange for the tank including financial literacy and entrepreneurship training.
Under the partnership, women groups will benefit from having access to affordable credit to obtain water tanks to harvest rainwater and training on financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
Ms Muiu is passionate about the lives of women and girls. She walks closely with the former chair of the organisation Zipporah Kittony to learn the ropes of leadership, and keep the Maendeleo flag flying high in a country stuffed with male leadership.
Ms Muia said, “We are Kenyan women, and know that over the years about the need for water. Some people may have been born where it rains, and others where it is extremely hot and dry. There is, therefore, a great need for harvesting water.
We have dry weather today, and tomorrow, floods are killing our people. The big question is, how best can we harvest this water so it helps every woman and community?”
Ms Muia said the availability of water in homes would significantly reduce cases of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation among girls as most are taken advantage of when out seeking water.
Zipporah Kittony said, “Let us collect the clean water running off during the rainy season and turning into killer floods, and instead use it to change the lives of Kenyans.” She said the water tank project would help eradicate poverty.
Members of Maendeleo were encouraged to donate funds and buy a water tank for needy women in different parts of the country.
The women’s organisation is devolved to the counties and involved in climate change through the planting of trees.
‘A water tank in every home’.