A water kiosk at school
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
A water kiosk at school was launched in November 2013 and has been adopted in 3 different counties In Kenya (Siaya, Nairobi and Bungoma). We have successfully set up nine (9) water kiosks and stations across nine 9 schools/communities in these counties benefiting 4338 students and 70587 People around these communities. The multiple benefits associated wth a water kiosk at school for students, school and community residents include: FINANCIALLY : - The first microcredit project for schools with a sustainable business model, creating money for WASH activities in school. - A repaid loan system that is redeployed to additional schools in need, thus reducing the need for subsidies and dependency. - A pre-paid credit card system ensures that school Members pay a lower price per 20 liter container of water. IMPROVED SANITATION AND HEALTH : - All sanitation facilities are improved around the school, the money from the water kiosk is used to purchase soap and toilet paper for the school children. - Jerry Carry Karts reduce the physical injury from constant lifting and carrying heavy loads of water on the heads of the children. - Increased safety as children do not have to go to remote and dangerous places to fetch water. EDUCATION AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT : - We increase school attendance as children no longer need to absent themselves from school to secure water for their families. - A place for work experience to learn about teamwork; commitment, leadership and responsibility. SOCIOECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY: - Children are able to transport more water to their own houses strait from school - A school kiosk save time and waiting in lines at other water points.
Sustainability and future plans
A water kiosk at school is a sustainable business model and community owned project. Economically and technically designed within community resources and perpectives to provide everybody in the community with clean Tap water without being dependent on a third party to maintain the system. By pre-financing a community school to set up onsite water kiosk with specially designed products, within 24 months, the school earns more than enough money from clean tap water selling to community residents at affordable price, and repays the set up cost which is then redeployed to additional school/community. It is both educational and profitable business teaching students business and entrepreneurial skills, and generates much-needed income for school. It provide practical education bridging the gap between school and work enabling students to leave school ready to get a job or set up their own business. And contribute to a developed community with a school which is able to support itself without relying on subsidies and yet afford the best facilities and teachers. The International Transformation Foundation and the Join the Pipe Foundation privately raised the capital investment to set up initial 5 water kiosks. With the project sustainability and replication policy requiring the school to repay the set up cost from earned income within 24 months on monthly basis instalment which is then given to additional school, 4 more kiosks was built. We are working on replication of the project in other communities in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. We also intend to be holding annual conference for all schools running a water kiosk at school to come together and share their experience, creating a network known as the join the pipe community.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I was born (August 1985) and grew up in a rural and poor family of seven siblings in Southern province of Rwanda. During 1994 Rwandan genocide i lost almost everyone in my family making it more very difficult to meet my daily needs. I was 14 years old and high school student, when I was then forced to look for a job to meet basic needs for me and my siblings, but nobody would give me a stable job simply because I was unknown boy. The frustrations I went through combining life in a boarding school and working to pay school fees and support my siblings gave passion to create opportunities for my fellow young people not to go through the same situation. With belief that insufficient employment opportunities for youth; is a long term problem in Rwanda and African continent. In December 2009, with support of fellow East African youth we established International Transformation Foundation (ITF) as a Youth led nonprofit organization to provide youth leadership and entrepreneurship programs harnessing creativity for a youth system that provide jobs; offering security, opportunities to grow, and contribute to the development of our communities. With Coordination secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya ITF establish and operate awards winning projects connecting youth with others rather than alienate them through social businesses see all our projects here www.itfsecretariat.org Personally and through ITF projects, I have received various awards and recognitions which include: - 2012 Global social benefit incubator from Santa Clara University, - 2014 Yunus & Youth Fellowship, - 2014 Pan African awards of entrepreneurship in education - In May 2015 i was invited as Guest Speaker during 2015 Africa Prosperity summit in Dar es Salaam by the Ligatum Institute - 2015 Big Impact small budget category award of Global fund-raising awards etc