Beth Koigi, Technologia Mashinani

Beth Koigi knows the effects of dirty water all too well, when polluted water in Kenya’s Chuka District made her sick. After watching children drinking the same water, Beth started a project to give families inexpensive access to clean water.

Her project, Technologia Mashinani, will provide affordable charcoal water filters made from recycled materials (such as plastics, charcoal dust).  The materials will be bought from the community itself.  Beth explains, “the filter will promote health by encouraging people to use clean water; hence, improving health conditions.”

Purchasing filters is usually out of reach for most families because they are usually expensive, but with Beth’s project, families will be able to purchase the filters through a payment plan of $1 per month for a year.

Funds from the Pollination Project will help Beth provide the filters to 500 households.

You can learn more about Beth’s work at her website.

GRANT AWARD DATE: September 30, 2014