Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Residents in Kwale to benefit from Nyalani Dam water project by M-PESA Foundation

The project is part of a KES 231 million investment made by M-PESA Foundation to rehabilitate the Nyalani Dam.

About 22, 000 residents in Kwale County will access water in their homes and farms after M-PESA Foundation in partnership with the Kwale County Government installed a solar powered water pump at Nyalani Dam. 

The KES 15 million project is expected to boost food production by supplying 105 acres of farmland with water for irrigation to ensure food security in the county. The pump will distribute water to homes to promote health and sanitation among residents. Part of the project will enhance agricultural enterprises by provision of farm input such as seeds and tools to farmers in the area following the availability of water from the dam. 

Residents in Kwale to benefit from Nyalani Dam water project by M-PESA Foundation
M-PESA Foundation Commissions the solarization of Nyalani Dam Water Pump. Nyalani Dam project is a project that supports over 400 unfortunate families through farming in Kinago, Kwale County. Electricity was expensive for the farmers to afford but through the Foundation solarization, water from the dam can get to the farm at any time, this has changed lives of the community members in Kinago.

“At Safaricom, through our Foundations, we have been able to ensure water availability to communities either on a small scale or a large scale. As M-PESA Foundation, we dedicated ourselves to supporting the residents of Kwale County by rehabilitating the Nyalani Dam which is crucial for the water and agricultural needs of the people,” said Les Baillie, Executive Director, M-PESA Foundation.

The M-PESA Foundation and the Kwale County Government in 2014 implemented an integrated disaster risk reduction project which would address several integral needs including food security, water supply, improved sanitation, hygiene awareness, nutrition awareness, health care interventions as well as economic stimulus through formation of agriculture cooperatives.

Residents in Kwale to benefit from Nyalani Dam water project by M-PESA Foundation
Solar Technician, Patrick Wainaina(L) explains to M-PESA Foundation Executive Director, Les Bailie, Governor Kwale County, H.E Hon Gov. Salim Mvurya and Chairman Safaricom Foundations, Joseph Ogutu (L-R) the water chain from the Dam to the farms during the M-PESA Foundation Commissioning of the solarization project of the Nyalani water Pump, Kwale County.

The M-PESA Foundation invested KES 231million while the county government contributed KES 25 million to aid in rehabilitation of Nyalani Dam to attain a water storage capacity of approximately 1 million cubic metres for irrigation, domestic and livestock usage.

Other interventions of the project are empowerment of farmers with knowledge and skills through agricultural extension services, creating nutrition and hygiene awareness to improve health outcomes and training various community groups for the sustainability of the project.

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