International Transformation Foundation

International Transformation Foundation: Join the Pipe Project - Water kiosk at school

Nairobi, KenyaNairobi, Bungoma, Nyanza, Kenya
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The first water micro-credit project; for community schools to set up on-site clean tap water kiosk enabling Students to transport clean water to their houses straight from school, with multiple benefits for students, schools and community residents.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

African community schools could provide education bridging the gap between school and work while solving community’s social challenges?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In Kenya it is estimated that only 1/3 of the population has access to safe drinking water close to their homes at an affordable price in both rural and urban communities. Every morning children have to wake up early to walk long distances so as to secure water for their families causing absenteeism resulting to school drop-outs.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

A WATER KIOSK AT SCHOOL enables community schools to set up on-site water kiosks with multiple benefits for students, schools and community residents. The benefits associated with Water Kiosks at school include: - Access to safe and clean drinking water - Enabling Students to transport more water to their own houses straight from school - Improve sanitation facilities around the school since the money from the water kiosk is used to purchase soap and toilet paper for the school children - Kiosks are managed by students therefore a place to learn about teamwork; commitment, leadership and responsibility - All resulting in increased school attendance as children no longer need to be absent from school to secure water for their families.


2014 Pan African Award for Entrepreneurship in Education (Teach a man to Fish), 2015 Big Impact small budget Finalist : winner to be announced in October (resource alliance)
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

For example in November 2013, when we set up the first water kiosk in Kayole (Nairobi) at Jankean progressive school they had only 112 students. For the 2015 academic year they have 278 students because they have a luxury of water which is not available in Kayole. With water available they were able to provide more services such as lunch and they have built a chemistry lab. With the community (kayole) without access to clean water, parents send their kids to a school where they will be able to access and bring home clean water without going to queue to boreholes. See more benefits and characteristics of our kiosk model here:

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

By today we have successfully built 9 water kiosks across 9 schools/communities benefiting 4338 students and 70587 People around these communities, and we intend to build 2 more before the end of 2015 in Kenya. In 2016 we intend to double this impact across Kenya and expand the initiative to Rwanda.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The goal is to provide everybody across East Africa with clean Tap drinking water without being dependent on a third party (Investor) to provide and maintain the system (water). Therefore the kiosk is valued enough by the users to maintain it. By pre-financing a school to set up the kiosk, within 12 to 24 months the school is able to earn more than enough money from clean tap water selling to community residents at affordable price and repay the set up cost which is then redeployed to additional schools.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The water kiosk at school is a financially sustainable business model, by pre-financing the school to set up the kiosk, within 12 to 24 months the school is able to earn more than enough money (from selling clean water to community residents at affordable price) to repay the set up cost which is then redeployed to additional schools.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are a lot of organizations providing tap water in various communities but thanks to the partnership with the Join the Pipe Foundation. Our The water kiosk at school model excel through its usage of latest and award winning technologies of especially designed and manufactured water saving tap stations, environment friendly refillable water bottles and Jerry carry karts produced through join the Pipe factory’s in Amsterdam.

Founding Story

The water kiosk at school is an International Transformation Foundation which was founded by ordinary young men and women across east Africa. Their personal experience inspired the initiative establishment as they grew up in villages where they had to wake up early in morning to look for water before going to school, sometimes depending on queue and distance could miss or come late to school and eventually dropping out of school. The initiative was established to help their fellows not to go through the same frustration they went through. With their common desire of "what if i can simply wake up and go to school"


The Join the Pipe project's water kiosk operated through ITF administration which is composed of young people from different countries and under 30 years old with different organizational management background. ITF management include: - Board of Directors: 6 members - Secretariat: Secretary General, Administration Assistant, Projects Assistant, Int'l relations Assistant, IT & Development Assistant and volunteers
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