The Water sub-sector contributes approximately 0.7% of Kenya’s GDP and is a source of direct employment for over 200,000 people as well as individual entrepreneurs (masons, plumbers, technicians). Despite its importance, only 44 out of 100 water service providers in the country provide continuous water supply, with seasonal and regional water scarcity worsening the difficulty to improve water supply.
Community residents in Garbatulla Isiolo County around a dried up water point
To address these challenges, KMT works in partnerships with other players to tackle key constraints in the market to improve competitiveness, efficiency and inclusiveness. KMT has partnered with Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) to increase access to clean and safe drinking water to Kenyans at the bottom of the pyramid.
Mugo Karikuki of WSUP and former KMT Chairman, Kevit Desai, exchange signed agreement documents
WSUP started working in Kenya 10 years ago and since then has built a reputation as a leader in pro-poor water services management. It has excellent relationships with the national regulator, Ministry of Health and regional water and sewerage companies, and has worked closely with private sector operators to help them develop businesses in the water sector.
Working with WSUP, we will support the creation of better legal and regulatory frameworks in the water sector, as well as work with informal businesses to enable them become solid enterprises. This will enable the utilities to better understand and provide services to bottom of pyramid customers, through improved data collection and capacity building.
Read more about this partnership here.
KMT CEO, Paul Wanyaga, COO, Katanu Mwosa, WSUP Country Manager, Kariuki Mugo and KMT Board Chairman, Kevit Desai during signing of KMT:WSUP partnership agreement