By Edna Mwende
Family Bank and its staff have raised Ksh4.5 million that will grant more than 50,000 schoolchildren access to clean drinking water.
“Through this staff initiative, we hope to drive academic excellence where children will concentrate on learning instead of worrying about their next cup of water. Our focus is to transform lives, one school at a time,” Family Bank CEO Rebecca Mbithi said as quoted by the Business Daily adding they planned to benefit more schools via their shilling-for-a-shilling bank-employees’ partnership
She spoke when she commissioned a Ksh500,000 water storage in Matungulu Girls Secondary School, funded under the Maji kwa Wanafunzi initiative.
Matungulu Girls Board Chairman Stanley Mutua said Family Bank’s assistance will see them harvest rainwater via iron sheet roofs into the first 10,000 litre tank with the second tank used to store the water purification.
In June according to Business Daily, the bank partnered with American non-profit Water.org to provide “Majiplus’ loans. It is a loan facility that will provide flexible financial solutions to individuals, micro-businesses, SMEs and Water Service Providers (WSPs) such as county water companies and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) service providers.
This, Ms. Mbithi said, helped increase consumer access to safe water and adequate sanitation adding that the bank has picked access to safe water as its sustainability engagement issue with local communities.
In Kenya, it is estimated that 41 percent of the population still rely on unimproved water sources while 59 percent of Kenyans use unimproved sanitation solutions.
According to a press statement from Family Bank, this solution will cater for all WASH needs ranging from rain water harvesting, water storage, water distribution, improving sewerage and reticulation systems, borehole construction and equipping, solid waste and sludge management and additionally the construction of domestic and commercial biogas plants.