Updated Jul 12, 2020

Keneth Ndua

Maji Raha an innovative multitasking 5 liter solar water sterilizer enabling households access safe drinking water free of disease causing micro-organisms and has a solar lantern embedded for children to do school homework.

Water sanitizer with embedded filter and a solar sanitizer with a five liter storage and acts a portable solar lantern and charges mobile electronic devices. The filter removes hard metals and impurities in water then passes it through a solar purifier which has enhanced sun rays further sterilizing it. Sterilized water is drawn straight into cup through a tap minimizing counter contamination o...
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Water sanitizer with embedded filter and a solar sanitizer with a five liter storage and acts a portable solar lantern and charges mobile electronic devices. The filter removes hard metals and impurities in water then passes it through a solar purifier which has enhanced sun rays further sterilizing it. Sterilized water is drawn straight into cup through a tap minimizing counter contamination of water during storage. The sterilizer also coverts the silt and stores energy for lighting up three bulbs at night. Process being developed on how the sterilizer recharges it and can harvest dew from air, sterilize it during night. The Sterilizer is also bundled with a 10 liter collapsible storage bag where sanitized water is stored reducing counter contamination during storage. The Solar drinking water sterilizer is designed to address the challenge of high prevalence of water borne diseases in humanitarian settings through a collaborative effort with the vulnerable communities particularly women.
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

The idea has gone through prototyping testing and refinement with 200 HH in two different humanitarian settings. Proof of concept was done and the project is needs further refinement and wider proof of concept.

Focus Areas:

Gender-based Violence, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Gender-based Violence, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education, Climate Change and Resilience, Economic Empowerment, Infectious & Vector Diseases and EducationSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Kenya

KenyaSEE LESS

1,500
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Country Implemented In
50
Customers
3
Employees
$5,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Multiple outbreaks of cholera, acute Watery diarrhea, measles and gastrointestinal tract-related problems directly linked to consuming bacteria infested water is quite prevalent. Gender based violence against women by men who feel they are being nagged to pay for treatment of family members as a result of consuming bacteria infested drinking water is quite prevalent and particularly during this COVID-19 period where livelihoods has been depleted and drinking water safety is nolonger a priority.

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Solution

Maji Raha an innovative multitasking 5 liter solar water sterilizer enabling households access safe drinking water free of disease causing micro-organisms and has a solar lantern embedded for children to do school homework. The sterilizer recharges itself, harvest dew from air, sterilize it at night. Reduced morbidity, mortality, health costs amongst young children and gender based violence against women by men who feel they are being nagged to pay for treatment of family members

Target Beneficiaries

Over 3 million vulnerable households lacking access to safe clean water in Kenya and experiencing multiple disease outbreaks including cholera/Acute Watery Diarrhoea and measles. (OCHA, 26 May 2017). Vulnerable women and children in urban informal settlements , rural areas ( conflict zones ) with lack of access to safe drinking water. Young children below the age of 5 who are exposed to waterborne diseases. GBV survivors and their children who are made vulnerable by their circumstamces

Mission and Vision

Vision :- Women and children living a fufilled lives with less vulnerability to water borne diseases Mission :- Reduced prevalence of water borne diseases among vulnerable women and young children living in conflict setups and vulnerable households as a result of drinking unsafe drinking water which has caused untold suffering to children leading to school dropout out and GBV directed at women spending many man hours taking care of the sick

Competitive Advantage

Though technologies to purify water exist, majority of population in conflict areas have limited access due to prohibitive costs. Adoption of rudimentary water treatment techniques to remove visible impurities using a sieve or a piece of cloth is quite common. The innovation combines filtration and water sterilization / storage for the sterilized water and a mobile charger / lantern. It’s easy to portable and assures family safe drinking and reduced vulnerability from waterborne diseases. The innovation is embedded within the design, operationalization of a more efficient, cleaner and cost effective solution in the humanitarian setting. Project is proposing innovative technological solution designed to fit the social, economic and cultural context of the target communities and to create benefits for users and the local environment they live in. To be manufactured in a centralized manufacturing facility, distributed through village based business hubs employing women and youths.

Planned Goals and Milestones

Project will use Collaborative user-centred design that will involve in the development of the systems, product and business model with end user and strategic partners. A need assessment of drinking water situation with end users will determine appropriate action points and most impactful process in terms of product design and processes. Feedback and testing with a wider group of household’s and populations and Roll out, trouble shooting, learning and dissemination phase will be conducted.
Funding Goal150,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted10,000
New Implemented CountriesEthiopia, Botswana, Rwanda, Somalia
Recruit2 Advisory
New FeatureKeneth Ndua project lead is an award winning innovator (MA in community care and MBA in entrepreneurship and Business development) with a wide experience of working with vulnerable communities and a social entrepreneur. Mary Ndawa a medical student and a researcher. HOD Health impact section. Beatrice Wangeci (DIP in IT, BA / MBA in supplies management). In charge of the procurement system and database. Anthony Kamau (B-com and MBA in e-commerce) Business development Manager.

The Team Behind the Innovation

Keneth Ndua project lead is an award winning innovator (MA in community care and MBA in entrepreneurship and Business development) with a wide experience of working with vulnerable communities and a social entrepreneur. DR Mary Ndawa HOD Health impact section. Have a team of 3 medical doctors Anthony Kamau (B-com and MBA in e-commerce) Business development Manager. The team has a volunteer base of IT , WATSAN and energy volunteers. Advisory board members part of IDEO

Milestone

Jun 2020
New Product Or Service
Marketing messaging on how the stove brings peace at home , income for women and vulnerable groups through distribution contributing to reduction of GBV
May 2020
New Product Or Service
COVID-19 messaging on sanitise water reduce vulnerability to COVID-19
Mar 2019
Lives Impacted
500
Aug 2018
Lives Impacted
1,000
Aug 2018
New Product Or Service
Water sanitizer with embedded filter and a solar sanitizer with a five litre storage and acts a portable solar lantern and charges mobile electronic devices. The filter removes hard metals and impurities in water. Sterilized water is drawn straight into cup through a tap minimizing counter contamination of water during storage and use.
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Kenya