Phase II: Economic Sustainability
Progress and Reinforcement

Women’s blockade. After a year of being told water is coming the Maasai women in Odonyo-Nyokie had had enough!!! They planned and implemented a blockade stopping all traffic and commerce to and from Magadi. At 3:00 AM on July 19th, they gathered at Naserian Village and built a barricade with sticks, rocks and stones. They did not let anyone pass including commercial lorries and company cars. They had clubs and were taking no prisoners. The next day an emergency meeting was called with the Kajaido County Governor, all the local Maasai Group Ranch Chief’s, The Water Council and other local officials. The meeting was delayed because no one could get through the blockade. The women were not confident something would be done. Once they were reassured the meeting started. Supporters of the Nasaru Water Tanks project stood up and called out Tata Chemical for not honoring their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MMI to deliver water once a week. As a result, the Governor dispatched a county water truck that day and filled ll the tanks. Tata agreed to deliver water once a week for the next 5 months (the dry season). This is a major achievement and demonstrates what can happen when you give women a little help, support and the tools to make a change in their lives. This is also a direct result of the education and organization training that MMI did for the Nasaru Water Tank Project last year. (Nasaru means rescue in Maasai)

To their credit, besides supplying all the water, Tata Chemicals does a lot of really good things in the Maasai Community and their community resources are always stretched to the limit. They provide jobs and scholarships; build schools and a hospital and provide many other community services. They have requested our help with the water deliveries again and we see this as an opportunity. MMI has devised a plan that includes sharing the costs between MMI, Tata and the women’s groups and creating more economic opportunities for the women, maximizing their collective resources. It will extend the deliveries from 5 months to 10 or 12 months and continue to build to the future and a more permanent solution to the water crises for the Maasai in Magadi.

For project development costs of $8.00 per person and a shared delivery cost of $.08 per person this integrated development plan will deliver water to more than 3,000 people every week. Below is a summary of all the projects arising from the capacity building created in Phase I. Each project is designed to address a particular issue or problem in the community. All directly and indirectly support access to clean water. The projects are implemented and managed through the Community Based Organization (CBO) Women’s Groups created in Phase I.

Phase II Summary of Projects:

Water Trust fund: This project works together with all the other projects to help support sustained water deliveries. Tata has agreed to continue delivering water to each of the 5 villages once a week for 2 months. Then Tata will deliver water every other week. On Tata’s off weeks MMI will organize and deliver water by renting a truck from Nairobi. MMI will pay for half of the costs. The women's CBO groups will pay for the other half.

On the weeks that MMI makes the deliveries the women pay 50 KES (.60 cents) per woman. Some proceeds from the Soap for Water, Micro Financing, Sanitation and the Bicycle Relief programs are also paid into the Trust Fund. In addition, each woman will pay 10 KES (.12 cents) every week into the fund. All these funds go toward delivery costs, aintenance costs and savings toward a more permanent solution. This builds more capacity, creates community stability, economic development and women’s independence. It will also reduce the burden on Tata's resources and the costs to all the stakeholders. This will be the first time year round access to clean water has been available for these villages. Program costs: 6,000 USD

Soap for water: This project is funded by a grant from the Rotary Foundation and will train 20 women in each of the 5 villages to make, market and sell liquid soap. The training will include health and hygiene education. 50% of the sales of the soap will go the women and 50% ($ 3.10) will go to the Water Trust Fund to help pay for the water deliveries. Program costs 5,000 USD (Funded)

Micro Finance Program: This project organizes and trains a group of 25 women in each of the 5 villages to start, manage and maintain a micro financing S&L project. Each woman contributes 300 KES to register, receives shares and pays into savings weekly. The program contributes 250 KES (.06 cents) per village to the Water Trust Fund each week. Program costs 3,000 USD

Sanitation / Health & Hygiene Program: This project provides two plastic toilets to each of the five water points and continued health and hygiene education. It will be managed by the same women's groups as the water tank project. The women spend long hours at the water points fetching water and have no facilities. The Women have agreed to pay 2 KES (.03 cents) per use and deposit on average 500 KES ($ 6.25) to the Water Trust Fund. Program costs 5,000 USD

Bicycle Relief: This provides 4 bicycles to each village and trains the women in use and maintenance. The project addresses the transportation hardship for the Soap for Water project by helping to bring the product to market. A walk to town for water, health care and other services can take half a day or more one way. Bicycles can reduce this time by up to 80%. This program gives the women greater mobility and access to service. Co-sponsored by World Bicycle Relief. The women can rent the bikes for 5 KES (.06 cents) per use. They will contribute an average of 625 KES ($7.80) per village to the Water Trust fund each week. Program costs 4,000 USD

Jerry Can Replacement: Jerry cans are the primary means for transporting water. The women use them daily and the cans become damaged, dirty and are a source of water contamination. This program will replace old and damaged cans with new clean cans at a costs of 3 per can, while providing Health and Hygiene education to 500 women and their families. Program costs 2,000 USD

Total Project Costs: $25,000