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In the Chiakariga marketplace in central Kenya, a new water tank stands under a corrugated tin roof. The tank, which provides drinking water free of charge for anyone in the community, has the words ‘’Tumaini Self Help Group’’ painted on it.
The words were added because some in the community assumed the tank was provided by the local county government. The group wanted people to know otherwise, not for their own credit but because the tank represented the goodwill of many people, including some very far away.
The Chiakariga water tank is one of many Unbound Agents of Change initiatives now taking place in communities throughout the world. Funded exclusively by donations from Unbound supporters, Agents of Change is a community-based platform that provides monies for local improvements and enhancements. The projects vary in style and scope, but each is initiated and carried out by a local Unbound group like the Tumaini Self Help Group, which is part of the Unbound program in Meru.
Group leaders Charity and Flora guided the project. “We met as a group,” Charity said, “and felt it wise to install the water tank in the market because there is a big shortage of drinkable water, especially on market days.”
Kenya has suffered from a drought for several years and rural communities like Chiakariga are especially impacted. Located far from any sustainable source of water, community members would have to travel great distances and pay high prices for bottled water. To make matters worse, those who earned their living by selling produce and wares at the marketplace were reluctant to leave their stalls to go to the water vendors.
The new tank collects rainwater during the rainy season for the community to use in dry months. Gutters run along the roof and feed into the tank. A sieve acts as a filter. The reserved water is available for drinking purposes only and dispensed at no more than a liter at a time.
Today those who earn their livelihoods at the marketplace have one less thing to worry about. And thanks to the Tumaini Self Help Group, they understand that the tank that serves their needs was provided through the generosity of many caring people.
[Before the tank] I had to close [my stall] to go for water, but now, I sell from there and, when thirsty, I just walk here and have a drink. Unbound has really helped us.
– GRACE, A GROUP MEMBER