PROPEL Water Project!

What we Do

We promote economic and social inclusion for marginalized small-scale farmers in rural Kenya by providing access to water for domestic use, livestock watering, and irrigation.

The Problem

Smallholder farmers heavily rely on rain-fed agriculture for their subsistence and income, which poses significant limitations on their productivity and threatens their food security. Furthermore, their harvest seasons often coincide with times when the food supply is high, resulting in low demand and prices. This cycle perpetuates poverty among the farmers. Insufficient water for domestic use also poses challenges, forcing women and girls to travel long distances, sometimes up to 6 kilometers over steep hills, to fetch water. This unpaid labor further exacerbates the feminization of poverty and negatively impacts the educational outcomes of school-going girls. Moreover, the use of polluted river water poses health risks to the community. Unfortunately, borehole drilling, which could address the water scarcity issue, is prohibitively expensive for individual farmers or even groups of farmers. As a result, the PROPEL water project targets areas that are considered wet but are often excluded from governmental and nongovernmental water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) initiatives.

The Solution

Through the PROPEL project, Serene Haven aims to promote economic and social inclusion for marginalized small-scale farmers in rural Kenya by providing access to water for domestic use, livestock watering, and irrigation. The project focuses on 151 semi-arid villages located in Nyeri, Meru, Laikipia, Tharaka Nithi, and Embu counties. Serene Haven plans to drill village-based boreholes to cater to the water needs of local communities, addressing the critical water access challenges they face.

Other Interventions

In addition to drilling boreholes, the PROPEL project offers technical support in agronomy, assisting farmers in adopting improved farming techniques. The project also aims to change attitudes toward agriculture and encourage diversification of crops grown, promoting agricultural resilience and sustainability.

Outcomes

The PROPEL Water Project brings forth numerous benefits for the participating communities, including:

  1. Food Security and Nutrition: By facilitating year-round farming through irrigation, the project enhances food security and increases the variety of food crops grown and consumed within the communities.
  2. Economic Empowerment: Access to water for irrigation enables farmers to significantly increase their income, providing economic empowerment for households.
  3. Climate Change Resilience: Through the adoption of agroforestry practices, the project promotes climate change resilience, ensuring sustainable and environmentally friendly farming methods.
  4. Social and Economic Development: By prioritizing the inclusion of women in project activities, PROPEL fosters social and economic development, promoting gender equality and empowering women within the communities.

Join us in the PROPEL Water Project as we strive to provide essential water access, uplift small-scale farmers, and contribute to the overall development and resilience of rural communities. Together, we can create lasting change, ensuring a brighter future for all.