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Vihiga County, Kenya, Africa


It is difficult to retain long term bulk customers for vegetables, because during dry spells they cannot effectively irrigate drops. It is cumbersome and time consuming to bring water from the river and there a shortage water storage tanks for those dry periods.




  • Four self-help smallholder farming groups will be given 5000 L tank on loan or through a lease program (payment scaled to their incomes)

  • Water will be pumped from the river using a portable diesel pump, the group will pay a small rental fee, and bring their own diesel.

  • One group will receive management of maintenance training for diesel pump, and be required to collect and save fees

  • WIR will supervise to ensure that fees are used for regular servicing and unplanned repairs

  • WIR will produce a report detailing the impacts of regular irrigation over the course 2 harvest seasons and at least 1 dry period

Exit plan

One of the self-help group will be responsible to run the pumps and collect fees. The pump will be transferred to that group upon demonstration that they maintain it.


Four womens’ groups & farming self-help group. | 114 members | Circa ª 1100 people in their families

  • Makuyu boda boda self-help group 

  • Sindikiza mama shambani 

  • Vandega Self-Help Group 

  • Mukuyu Cereals Bank 


GROUP 1: Makuyu boda boda self help group

Makuyu boda boda self-help group is a registered group in Makuyu village, mahanga Sub County. It’s located near Inavi Primary School and has 40 active members both in the boda boda (motor cycle taxi) sector and farming sector. This group was formed in the year 2016 with the objective of starting farming business for the boda boda operators. The group comprises of current boda boda riders, former and women who farms indigenous vegetables. They have leased a larger plot of land which they are using to cultivate vegetables and maize and bananas. Almost half of them are old people.    Biggest challenge that is related to drinking of water here is that they consume it directly from the river without treating it first or even boiling it. This can cause diseases like cholera since the water might be contaminated.

GROUP 2: Sindikiza mama shambani self help group

Sindikiza mama self-help group is located in kiriba village, mahanga Sub County. It was formed to help the women in the area have a source of income rather than just relying on their husbands. The project deals with poultry farming selling both eggs and meat. This is a registered group consisting of 23 members, all of them women. The group was found in the year 2017 and it only deals with poultry farming. Initially they started with 300 chicks and looking forward to expand. Only source of water is the nearby river. The group members works in turns to bring water from the river for cleaning and for chickens drinking. Also they would benefit from gutters since they can harvest water and store it to be used without going to the river.    HUMAN INTEREST PORTRAIT Every household in the Luhya area of Kenya has a minimum of 5 to 10 people. That means that a women’s group of 23 actually affects 115-230 people. 

GROUP 3: Vandega Self Help Group 

Vandega self-help group is a registered women’s self- help group which is located in Inavi village, Mahanga Sub County. It was formed in 2014 and since then it has grown to having 24 active members. The received funding to build a shed for planting seedlings, and they new water tank of 1000 liters capacity, vegetable seedlings and fertilizer. Their business is to sell indigenous vegetables. The women in this group are mainly old, with no other income. Most of them rely on handouts given to them by their children or grandchildren.  They expressed a need a bigger water tank since their main source of water is a nearby river.    HUMAN INTEREST PORTRAIT These women work in turns to go fetch water every morning before embarking on other duties. Every person is required to carry 20 liters of water on foot from the river to fill the central water tank. This is their morning duty to ensure there is enough water for the crops. 

GROUP 4: Mukuyu Cereals Bank

Mukuyu cereals bank is a self-help group for women living in Mukuyu village, Mahanga sub location. Founded in the year 2010, it has a total number of 25 active members. Mainly they deal with planting and selling of indigenous vegetables and collecting of cereals (maize, beans and cow peas). Their role is to aggregate the crops of their members into larger marketable packages and seek larger buyers that can pay more. They have challenges of lacking sufficient rain for their crops. The main source of water in this area is a nearby river. It’s almost 500mts from the groups farm. The good thing about this river is that even during the dry season of January and February, it does not dry up, and so it serves them all through. They did have a pump at one point but it is now broken down. Providing gutters for water harvesting would also be appropriate here. 

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