Maji Milele is providing water for residents in both urban and rural Kenya
Access to water is perhaps the major issue affecting communities in urban and rural Kenya. ‘Maji Milele’ is a for-profit social enterprise whose core business is to provide long-lasting water services through pre-paid water systems.
Maji Milele service pre-existing community bore-holes. They collect revenue through the prepaid tokens and in return maintain, repair or replace parts.
“The company is trying to address the problem of scarcity of water; and this way they came up with eleven kiosks, five in Amagoro and then six in Malaba. The shopkeepers buy tokens from us and they sell tokens to the community. One token goes for 50 shillings; then after buying the token the client has to reload so as to access water in any given kiosk.”
The introduction of this service has been a safeguard in the health of the community. The system provides a cost-friendly alternative to receiving water from a vendor.
The company uses a monitored water system that keeps track of all water collected. This ensures that the funds raised from water collection go back into the project and the pipes are always maintained ensuring a long-lasting water supply.
This social enterprise does not only provide volumes of water to the community, but it is also preserving water as each and every drop is accounted for.
“Maji Milele is accountable, transparent and honest for the community around and the county government. You can actually follow what Maji Milele is doing through the laptop or even the phone because we have the software that will show you, for example, today in a certain kiosk, such amount of water has been dispensed. So there’s transparency and accountability.”
The whole kiosk is environmentally friendly since all its systems are powered by solar energy from the security light to the borehole.