East Africa’s biggest economy, Kenya, has been on the path of rapid economic growth with an average growth rate of 5% in the last five years. Despite significant macroeconomic progress, it is still struggling in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living. It ranks 147 out of a total of 189 countries and territories, positioning it at the bottom of the lower middle-income countries.
The grave challenges faced by Kenya’s drinking water sector have no doubt contributed to its low human development index ranking. Home to 51 million people, only 59% of Kenyans have access to a basic water service while 9.4 million rely on contaminated surface sources such as ponds, lakes, and rivers. The reality of water insecurity is inevitably harsher for the poorest rural dwellers, only 33% of whom have access to a basic water service. The overall disease burden in the country is such that 80% of hospital attendance in Kenya is due to preventable diseases and about 50 percent of these illnesses are water, sanitation and hygiene related. Water and sanitation-related diseases are also one of the leading causes of death for children under five years of age in Kenya.
These lives can be saved, simply by ensuring sustainable access to safe water. With 11 operational kiosks in the East African country, we are fighting the Kenyan water crisis and preventing the loss of more lives. Currently, we are working to consolidate our footprint in Kenya and scale up our work exponentially.
Kenya Water Facts
Our work contributes directly to SDG 6.1, helping to achieve universal access to basic drinking water from an improved source with collection time under 30 minutes for a roundtrip. Click on the interactive map to see the GPS location of each kiosk we operate in Kenya.