Maji Ni Maisha - Innovative Finance for Community Water Schemes in Kenya

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The innovative Maji Ni Maisha ("Water is Life") project is increasing access to clean, reliable water supply for rural communities in Kenya using a blend of commercial finance and an output-based subsidy. By helping small community-based water providers access the financing they need, the project is improving existing water systems and connecting poor households to piped water supply. It is also showing that investing in community water projects can be viable for commercial banks. Following a successful initial pilot, the scheme is being expanded nationally and will target over 165,000 beneficiaries in 55 communities