MegaGroup helps bringing water to life in Kenya
Veghel, 18 December 2018 – Last month, the MegaGroup management team and Amref Health Africa were challenged and guided by Better Future to work together on water projects in Kenya. Over the course of a week objectives and strategies were thought out to help local social business in their attempts to deliver water. This happened with much success. Megagroup and Amref have embraced each other in a bid to materialize the development of a social business model through the installation of drinking water boreholes across Kenya suitable for consumption, sanitation and irrigation.
59 percent of Kenyans use unimproved sanitation solutions
Kenya, situated on the east coast of the African continent counts 46 million inhabitants. Despite significant developments within the country, 41 percent of Kenyans still depend on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers, while 59 percent of Kenyans use unimproved sanitation solutions. These challenges are especially evident in the rural areas and the urban slums. With only 9 out of 55 public water service providers in Kenya able to provide continuous water, many are left to their own to find solutions to fulfill their basic needs.
In rural areas people often have to walk 2 hours for water for drinking and cooking, sparing them little time and energy to engage in other activities such as irrigating fields and growing their crops. But even in remote and poor areas, water is often handled as a social enterprise. Villages together help build water projects and have to pay for the use of it.
Struggle with water scarcity
Amref teams up with African communities to create lasting health change. Its local team consists of people from all over Kenya working on improving water and health in their region. Their engagement is often backed through their personal and conscious struggle with water scarcity.
MegaGroup, together with Amref and the entrepreneurial spirit of the local people, have developed a new-to-build business model to make drinking water available to many parts of Kenya for consumption, sanitation and irrigation. The ambition is to improve the lives of people in 1,000 communities over the next three years.
For MegaGroup, this partnership with Amref is a huge step in its attempts to solve the water problems of those in need. It refuses to accept that water is scarce and see it as their purpose to make water accessible to improve the lives of people.
MegaGroup brings water to life
MegaGroup is the holding organization for seven technical wholesale companies across Europe dealing in water distribution systems. Over 250 employees service customers in irrigation, water treatment, geothermal and the swimming pool business every day to bring water to life in the most efficient and effective way. In and outside Europe.
Better Future is a Leadership & Strategy consultancy specialized in designing and facilitating learning experiences on purpose driven growth. Based in the Netherlands, operating globally. Connecting Companies with NGO’s/not for profits, initiating social impact. Better Future is a certified B-Corp.
Amref Health Africa is an international health organisation founded and headquartered in Kenya. With over half a century of experience in delivering healthcare and building health systems in Africa, Amref Health Africa supports those at the heart of communities, particularly women and children, to bring about lasting health change.