Bodeni Women's Group



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Country:
Kenya

Program:
Sand Dams in Kenya

GPS:
Latitude -2.63
Longitude 38.06

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

This project is being implemented by our partner, African Sand Dam Foundation, and includes the construction of a sand dam.

Below is unedited project information direct from our partner:

Background information

The group was formed in the year 2011. It has a membership of 32 women. The group is found in Muthingiini sub-location of Nzambani location. The reasons that lead to formation included soil conservation through terracing their farms and merry go round which would help them to uplift their living standards. Agriculture is the main form of livelihoods in the area and a majority of the community also depend on livestock keeping for income generation. This is because of the changes in climate that have resulted to poor yields from the farms. Farmers keep the livestock so as to be able to dispose them during the dry periods to get income.

CHALLENGES TO DEVELOPMENT

WATER INSECURITY

The main water sources in the area are shallow well at Nzwii 1 and shallow well at Ilingoni. The shallow wells are situated less than 1 kilometre away from the community. The shallow wells are owned by the community members. During the dry season ones takes 2 hours to fetch water from the shallow well. The reason why they spend more hours is because the shallow wells have little water during the dry season and also the water sources are strained by a large population in the area. The members contribute kshs. 50 monthly to pay the person who takes care of shallow well.

Women and children bear the burden of fetching water. In the dry season there is rationing of water due low water levels of the shallow wells. The shallow wells are opened at 6.00a.m and closed at 9.00a.m thus they can recharge .During this period only one is allowed to fetch 4 jerricans of 20litres thus the water is not enough for domestic use. Also the water is saline from the saline. The other alternative source is Nzambani water pipeline which not reliable due to frequent break down and the nearest kiosk is more than 3 kilometres from the members.

Due to the lack of water in the area:

  • The tree planting has been affected. The lack of water has led to drying up of the trees that the farmers plant.
  • Their livestock experience water shortage problem during the dry season because they do not get enough water for drinking hence affecting their health.
  • The region has continued to experience low rainfall thus poor harvest making them to do casual jobs to survive

CROP PRODUCTION

The main crops grown are:

  • Cowpeas
  • Dolichos
  • Green grams
  • Maize

Challenges to improved harvest:

  • Poor rainfall. For over the last four years more so we have been experiencing low rainfall in the area hence having poor harvest. Last season they did not harvest anything.
  • Poor farming practices. Most of the farmers do not use manure on there because they have few livestock to produce the manure or do not have the money to purchase it. Also the terraces are of low standard because washed away by rain water hence degrading soil quality in our farms.
  • Poor seeds quality. For example  the seeds which we bought from the market were not drought resistant hence they needed a lot of rainfall

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

The group seeks to start a tree planting program. However the termite infestation and water problem has been a challenge in the area. Also they lack knowledge and skills on tree planting.

FUTURE PLANS

The community seeks to create water security through building of sand dams. With sand dams they will alternative source of income because they rely on rain fed agriculture.

They want to be supported with farm tools which they will use for terracing which will in turn improve their harvest.

Also they seek to increase their knowledge on farming practices which has been one of the challenges to improved harvest.


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Recent Project Updates


02/06/2014: Bodeni SHG Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to construct a sand dam and shallow well for the Bodeni Women’s Self Help Group is complete.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of this project:

Bondeni self help group was formed in the year 2011 by a group of 15 women.  “Traditionally its women who suffer from fetching water. We saw how our neighbors had benefited from sand dam projects and decided to come together to implement the projects,” says a member of the group.

ASDF has supported the women to learn tree planting skills as well as the positive environmental of planting those trees. They have also learned about environmental conservation and soil conservation through terrace digging. The Water Project funded the construction of the first sand dam and water well for the community.

Biweeekly Construction Progress for Bondeni Women Self Help Group Sand Dam

 The sand dam started May 13 2013 ended 4th June 2013. The main challenges were poor turn out of members at various instances (due to other obligations not out of apathy). The excavation of bedrock proved to be more difficult than originally thought and the price of buying water for the construction process was also more expensive than originally budgeted for.

Biweeekly Construction Progress for Bondeni Women Self Help Group Shallow Well.

The excavation started on June 2013. The construction started on July 10 and ended 10 August 2013. Current status is complete. The main challenge was the in kind contribution from the community. The excavation of the shallow well had a higher cost per foot, at  ksh 2000. (approximately 18$)  They community therefore had to spend almost Ksh 40,000 (approximately 265 USD) for excavation. For most communities this is way above what they can afford, but with combined efforts they managed as they knew the return would be much greater than the investment and that in time they would be an abundance of water to improve their lives.

Construction is complete, but change is only beginning for this community.  Our partner will continue to work with them to develop proper sanitation and hygiene practices and farming techniques.  We’ll keep you posted as the progress continues.


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Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Sand Dam
Location:  Central Kenya
ProjectID: 4034
Install Date:  12/23/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 03/20/2018

Visit History:
09/28/2015 — Functional
02/01/2016 — Functional
08/29/2016 — Functional
07/19/2017 — Functional
09/13/2017 — Functional
12/20/2017 — Functional
03/20/2018 — Functional




Contributors

Ocean City Worship Center
Dorothy and Brian Nagy
St. Mary of the Hills Parish
Peachtree Elementary Fifth Grade
DFC Youth
Girl Scout Troop 31319
Ridgewood Middle School
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
North Olmsted High School
Daniels Middle School - NJHS
University of Charleston Section 10 University Class
Living Table United Church of Christ
Kids Who Care Plato Seminole
Greenbank Middle School
Britton Deerfield Schools
New London Presbyterian Church Christian Life Center
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
International Political Economy Student Association - UT Dallas
Taylor Elementary School First Graders
El Dorado High School
Platteview Central Jr. High
City Church of Chattanooga
St. John Fisher Catholic School
Carol Bierce
Reagan & Kelly Clean Water Foundation
Clayton Valley Charter High School
Ursuline College
GS Troop 1443
Northern Illinois Girl Scout Troop #803
BioTech Andrew Hill High School
Duck Creek Community Church
San Damiano Daily Giving
Santa Clarita United Methodist Church
With Eyes Wide Open
Morbank Financial Inc.
Reagan & Kelly Clean Water Foundation
Communication 1 class 5709 (G. Robertson)
East Side Church of God
Brownie Troop 10957
Mr. Harrison's History Project
Akiba Parkoff kids
84 individual donor(s)


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Country Details

Kenya

Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF) supports self-help groups to harvest and conserve water through construction of sand dams & shallow wells, rock catchments and school roof catchments.