The prolonged dry spell was salt to injury to the already persistently devastating water shortage problem in Molo and its environs. Mrs. Susan Gicharu grabbed the chance to fill this gap in the market by setting up a water selling point outside her mini-supermarket in Molo town. In addition to being a profitable venture, Susan was also driven by her desire to improve the dignity and health of the people in her community.
Moto Hope Micro-Lending loaned Susan $500 to buy a 5000litres water tank. She fills it with water pumped from a borehole and connected to a tap from which buyers fetch. A 20litre can goes for $0.05 (Ksh 5) while the regular door to door water vendors trade at $0.2 (ksh 20) per 20litre can.
She sells clean water to households and the businesses that operate along and across her street, especially the food kiosks and butcheries. She also sells to the door to door vendors who supply to households that are in the outskirts of Molo town.
Susan has enabled job creation for the youth who hawk water by providing them access to reliable and large quantities of clean water. She has also enabled homes which lack piped water and would otherwise depend on water from the polluted river, access to her improved and clean source. People who buy from her are able to save $0.15 for every 20litre can that they purchase.
The earnings from her water business combined with those from her mini supermarket as well as those from her husband’s employment enable them to raise fees for their four children; in University, High school and Primary Schools as well as meet their basic needs.