Ntakira water group was started in 2012 in February as an initiative by a group of women to provide access to clean piped water to the community. With an initial membership of only seventeen, this seemed like a daunting task considering other bigger groups in the locality with over two hundred members had failed.
“This water issue involves numbers. The many you are, the less the cost of bringing water from the mountain to people’s houses,” explains Poly Kirimi, the group secretary. The group managed to build a water intake. But that is as far as they could go before The Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE) stepped-in and boosted their efforts.
“ICE found us at a dead end. We did not have the funds or the numbers to channel the water to see our project through to completion,” Poly says. ICE provided the group with about forty pvc pipes. “This was a great boost for us,” Poly continues. The group has since managed to cover about 3 Km of piping.
We look forward to having our own regular supply of water and stop relying on water from Gikumbo that is unreliable and comes in shifts.
Once the group completes the water project, they plan to embark on the cultivation of indigenous food crops.