Sustainable water use for livelihood improvement and climate change Adaptation Among Maasai of Ilkesumeti.

sustainable, water use is a remedy toward advancing health for children under five and diversifying livelihood for Maasai.pastoralist.

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  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Indigenous Peoples Social economic Justice Organization

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1,000 - 5,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water
  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Kenya

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact




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none as of now

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Ilkesumeti community is a place resided by Maasai pastoralist, the areas are the semi-arid area, situated in Kajiado county of southern Kenya. due to climate change-related effects search as flood and drought, this community has been facing challenges such as waterborne disease outbreak which kill children and pregnant women. prolong drought kill a lot of livestock and make the community poor and this the reason why this community needs to diversify livelihood as climate change adaptation measure.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

support and initiate, livelihood diversification mechanism projects that shall reduce community vulnerability to poverty these project shall include, irrigation, beekeeping, fishing. beadwork, diary keeping for youth and women. for environmental sustainability and rising water level. the organization with community participation shall plan trees in water sources area rise water level and maintain the temperatures and fences the areas to protect from deforestation. the organization shall also build a health center that will enable children under five and pregnant women to access medical care.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

in areas where water is accessible, the pastoralist communities are slowly, appreciating livelihood diversification, most of the households are now practicing irrigation using stream water, planning and irrigating plans such as watermelon, maize, beans, and tomatoes. the current households are connected to buyers from the urban areas for the market. currently, more than 50 households are benefiting from this initiatives. the impact is that these households are able to have subsistence food alternatives, send their children to school without many difficulties compared to those households that are full depending on pastoralism for food.some households that were notorious in charcoal burning has now turned to irrigation and that will save the environment.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

the organization shall direct is efforts towards, sustaining community incomes generating activities. which include 1. bead works- the organization shall international markets for beadwork 2. fishing- the organization shall through research establish markets for fisheries and ensure that 15%of the profit shall go to the organization. 3. diary- the organization shall find innovative ways to products milk products for sale, and, 15% of the profit shall be contributed to the organization for revolving funds. that is the same to bee honey and irrigation. so generally, a business model shall be developed on how to sustain these projects. Currently, Community Based organization only receive individual donations 100%.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Apparently, the initiatives are the first one in the area where people are moving from pastoralism to diversifying is unique because it does not only reduced poverty level and increase health it also change of social attitude

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Two things that sparked my idea. first is the level of community death as results of waterborne diseases- this project shall maintain the water source to ensure community shall access clean water for drinking. secondly, the level of poverty as results livestock dying to drought and famine. secondly, the effort by MR Richard an elder who has turned from pastoralism and started irrigation single handly and managed to educate his children.

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Your idea is good. If you plan to harvest rainwater and create contour storage, I feel it will be quite successful. You can refer my entry which may give you a fair idea how to use such techniques.
For my entry: Go to Community Review,    sort by applauds,   go to page 7/8

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