One of the most densely populated places on the planet, an estimated one million Kibera residents in Nairobi, Kenya live in an area of less than 2.0 square miles, smaller than New York City’s Central Park. Up until recently, there was no running water, and residents paid exorbitant rates for water— often ten times what Nairobi city residents pay. The lack of clean water disproportionately affects women and girls, who are left to tend to those who fall ill due to unsafe water and lack of sanitation. Access to clean, safe water is thus key to empowering the women of Kibera, and to helping the larger community build a better future.
In 2013, Pentair partnered local non-governmental organization, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), to implement a pilot program with two objectives: to create a more stable, fairly priced supply of clean water in Kibera, and to help reduce the number of contracted waterborne illnesses. The revenues from the project sustain the water system and help fund the Kibera School for Girls, thereby creating an integrated link between clean water, the girls’ education and community development.