Matawa Market

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Well Rehab in Kenya

Latitude 0.26
Longitude 34.52

500 Served

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This project is part of Bridge Water Project’s program in Western Kenya. What follows is direct from them:


The proposed Matawa Market Water Project is a drilled well which was initiated in the year 2002 by Butere County Council through the then, civic leader of the area Madam Hannah Wanalo. The project was funded by the Local Authority Service Delivery Action Plan (LASDAP).

The aim of the project was to make quality water supply available to residents, businessmen and their customers for their common use while on their business activities at the market and also to improve the sanitation and hygiene status of the entire market.

The Matawa Market has 10 permanent estimated numbers of shops and one slaughter house among other business structures. The main market day is on every Tuesday on which Matawa Market hosts livestock farmers who come either to buy or sell their livestock.

During post election violence in year 2007-2008 there was no business for a number of days hence unknown people took the advantage of political violence and stole the hand pump which was on the well. As a result some of the water committee members flee for their safety. Since then it has not been possible for the well to be rehabilitated for the market use.


The Matawa Market people currently get water from Matawa stream which is 2km away from the market.


The Market hosts an estimated population of 2,000 – 4,000 people who come at the market for their daily business activities. (Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)


The hygiene and sanitation of the market is very poor in that toilets are rarely washed whereas the market slaughter house was closed by the public health officer due to poor health status. Therefore, community education would be done to members from the community. During community education, more will be taught on hygiene and sanitation, water handling, water in the home, Phast, 5 f’s diagram and the sustainability of the water system.


The project shall greatly benefit the entire Matawa market and the entire community around.


The Bridge Water Project has assessed and seen that, there’s need to rehabilitate the Matawa Market well so as to enable those who stay at the market and those who come for daily activities to access quality and consistent water supply at any time they need it.


The Bridge Water Project through the Market Master have already facilitated the formation of Market Water Committee that comprises of both male and female business members at most who are local residents so that  should anything occur, there will be responsible people managing the water supply for market use.

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Recent Project Updates

08/26/2013: Matawa Market Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the project to repair a well in Matawa Market, Kenya, is complete!  The well is now a dependable source of safe, clean water for the community.  We just posted the latest pictures showing the finished project.  Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4199-handing-over-2-2

08/19/2013: Water Coming To Matawa Market

We are excited to announce that a well is being rehabilitated in Matawa Market, Kenya.  The well, originally constructed in 2002, will be repaired so that it is a dependable source of safe, clean water for the community. We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the site.  Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : kenya4199-market-2

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
ProjectID: 4199
Install Date:  08/26/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 03/07/2018

Visit History:
06/03/2015 — Needs Attention
11/18/2015 — Needs Attention
01/24/2016 — Functional
08/02/2016 — Needs Attention
08/18/2016 — Functional
12/02/2016 — Functional
02/22/2017 — Functional
04/25/2017 — Functional
07/26/2017 — Functional
03/07/2018 — Functional

Country Details


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

Partner Profile

Bridge Water Project has been funded by The Water Project almost since they got their start in 2007.  This local Kenyan NGO works directly with the communities and neighbors they know well.  Building relationships with these villages and the local government helps ensure that the water projects we fund are sustainable in the long term.

BWP works to repair up to four wells for every new one they install.  In this area of Kenya, many old and broken down water points still exist.  We have found that restoring these water points and establishing new plans for maintenance and monitoring, is quite cost effective.

We work closely with partners like BWP to strengthen their teams, through professional development growing their impact and quality of work over time.  Your donations make it all possible.