SWIFT Story of Sustainable Change: Upgrading the water system in Namorputh, Turkana
Approach and methodology
Governance and citizenship
Food and livelihoods
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Maternal and child health
Water and sanitation
Millenium Development Goals
Women's Economic Leadership
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SeriesSWIFT Stories of Sustainable Change
Document typeCase study
In the past, residents of Namorputh in Turkana often spent over three hours a day queuing for water, or collected unsafe river water instead. However, following work by Practical Action to upgrade and extend the water system, villagers can now access clean, adequate water at any time.
Claire Arunye is using the time she used to spend queuing for water on her livelihood instead, increasing the opening hours of her kiosk and spending the extra income on food, medicines, school uniforms and books.
Find out how Namorputh's Water Users' Association is overcoming the past reluctance of residents to pay for water, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the upgraded network.