Funded by The Samburu Project's individual donors in memory Beth Lieberman, The Samburu Project drilled and installed a shallow well equipped with a handpump in this community.

Milimani-5

Narrative

They previously had to walk 1 km downstream numerous times per day because they were using the water for growing crops. It was unsafe to drink the original water source. An agricultural initiative provides produce for all of Wamba. The community initiative has produced over 37 different types of crops. It is comprised of roughly 20 women who now have a consistent income generated by selling their produce. Their project has become a model for the entire Samburu district.

    Stephanie Ng ( The Samburu Project ) Almost 5 Years after completion 21 May, 2012

    Stephanie Ng's Visit- May 2012

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    When we arrived, no one was present at the well site. When I looked at the well closer I realized that well was not like our other wells with a hand pump and all. Instead, this well was enhanced for an agricultural initiative funded by M. Night Shyamalan Foundation. Instead of pumping water and collecting the water, the water is now directly piped underground to irrigate the adjacent farm. Therefore, instead of getting water from the well site, the community goes to the tank nearby which has a pipe pumping water to it.
    This agricultural initiative was established several years prior and after a few successful seasons, the community, under the guidance of Reuben (our agricultural expert who actually a member of this community), decided to skip this planting cycle and let the soil be replenished with nutrients. Consequently, the community is letting nature run its course for now leaving the farm full of weeds and other indigenous plants. Even though this communal farm is not producing any produce, the community is not starving or set back since each household has their own small garden whereby they are continuing to grow crops for their sustenance. They hope that their decision to let the soil gain back the nutrients will result in an even greater harvest next year.

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    John Nyagwencha ( Aqua Clara International ) About 4 Years after completion 1 Sep, 2011

    Conference visit

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    A very encouraging project. The integration of the agricultural component in this project has really transformed the lives and livelihoods of the community around the borehole. It's interesting to see people reaching out to satisfy higher level needs once their need for water has been met. Good work!

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    John Nyagwencha ( Aqua Clara International ) About 4 Years after completion 1 Sep, 2011

    Visit as part of conference in the field

    Status: Complete - Successful

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    As part of the PWX conference in the field, hosted by The Samburu Project, I visited the Milimani Well - one of 7 projects we visited.

    Heidi Sheppard ( The Samburu Project ) Over 3 Years after completion 27 Feb, 2011

    Kristen Kosinski's Visit - February 2011

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    On her visit Kristen met with a variety of community members, including elders, children and the chairwoman of the community's women's group. Below is the information she gathered on this visit:
    -Functioning with a generator that pumps water to a horticulture garden of about 3 acres.
    -The garden provides crops like kale, cabbage, and fruit trees for both commercial and domestic use.
    -The community is currently able to generate income to pay for school fees, to purchase goods and to start small businesses.

    Heidi Sheppard ( The Samburu Project ) Almost 3 Years after completion 23 Jun, 2010

    Sarah Ball's and Ashley Cook's Visit - June 2010

    Status: Complete - Successful

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    Notes from the Milamani Well:
    -The well is no longer a hand pump. A pump and generator have been installed and the water is collected in three tanks, two of which serve irrigation and drinking water needs and one of which is solely for irrigation (it also draws water from the river).
    -The well has enough water to supply all of Wamba because of the pump generator.

    A successful agricultural initiative at the well site:

    -Provides produce for much of Wamba. Crops include: sweet potatoes, bananas, kale, leeks, radishes, cabbage, spinach, honey, and potatoes.
    -New irrigation systems cost as little as 500 ksh ($6.50).
    -District/regional officials come to learn from the community.
    -20 farmers in total and all of the farmers are women. Each woman owns her own plot and profits from it.
    -Money from the produce supplies food, clothes, and school fees.
    -This well site is a model for the district and beyond.
    -The community desires to be self-sufficient.

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  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 15 Jul, 2007 Implementation Phase
  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Jul, 2007 Preparation Phase

Funded by The Samburu Project's individual donors in memory Beth Lieberman, The Samburu Project drilled and installed a shallow well equipped with a handpump in this community.

Narrative

They previously had to walk 1 km downstream numerous times per day because they were using the water for growing crops. It was unsafe to drink the original water source. An agricultural initiative provides produce for all of Wamba. The community initiative has produced over 37 different types of crops. It is comprised of roughly 20 women who now have a consistent income generated by selling their produce. Their project has become a model for the entire Samburu district.

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

The community agrees by contract to pay for maintenance costs. Each well committee collects approximately $250 per year for this purpose. In order to ensure well functionality and monitor its use, The Samburu Project spends approximately $160 per year per well. This comes from our general fund, which is maintained by individual donations.

Impact

People Impacted: 750

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 750

The main objective of the project is to provide clean, safe drinking water.

People Getting Sanitation: 750

People Getting Other Benefits: 750

An associated agricultural initiative provides produce for all of Wamba. The initiative has produced over 37 different types of crops. It is comprised of roughly 20 women who now have a consistent income generated by selling their produce. Their project has become a model for the entire Samburu district.

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $410

Creating and measuring long-term impact

The community agrees by contract to pay for maintenance costs. Each well committee collects approximately $250 per year for this purpose. In order to ensure well functionality and monitor its use, The Samburu Project spends approximately $160 per year per well. This comes from our general fund, which is maintained by individual donations.

Funding

Funded:
$10,500
Community:
$1,850
Final Cost:
$12,350
$13,000:
Anonymous

Plan/Proposal