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We are delighted to bring you another newsletter showcasing the various activities that happened in Quarter 2. A lot happened in the last three months, including hosting an international training on our WASH campus with participants from five countries, continuing our business development journey through the WA-KE UP Accelerator Programme and furthering our collaboration with various NGOs to increase both capacity and awareness in WASH, and so much more! We hope you enjoy this issue and as always, please reach out where you see an opportunity to support, collaborate or purchase one of our products or services!
 

Capacity Development |  Low Cost Water Technologies Training with SMART Centre Group and EMAS


Participants using the EMAS drilling technique to develop a new well. This is one of 10 technologies that were trained on  by EMAS and The SMART Centre Group in our May training. 
In May, Aqua Clara hosted an international training on Low-Cost Water Technologies for Self-supply in partnership with The SMART Centre Group (Netherlands) and EMAS (Bolivia) at our WASH Campus in Rigoma. The training workshop took two weeks with the participants drawn from five countries who were trained on different methods of drilling, water storage and pumping. The technologies included the EMAS pump, rope pump, solar water heater, solar pumps, underground water tank, brick tank among others. These technologies are now demonstrated at our WASH Campus and will be showcased to community members, schools, NGOs, government ministries, cooperatives etc. The training was facilitated by Henk Holtslag from the SMART Centre Group as well as Wolfgang Buchner and Jaime Aguirre from EMAS. 
 
 
FROM LEFT: The team from EMAS demonstrate how to instal a solar water heater. RIGHT: Henk from the SMART Centre Group talking to the participants about tube well recharge. 

Business Development | Piloting New Distribution Model Through The WA-KE UP Accelerator Programme

This past quarter saw us undertake a pilot project funded by Aqua for All as part of our WA-KE UP Acceleration program. The pilot was focused on testing our new distribution model that is 'decentralized, data-driven and efficient'. The Hub Model includes a physical shop/warehouse connected to a network of sales agents and technicians that promote and install various Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) solutions. As part of the pilot, we are carrying out market assessment for three new product: a new urban-targeted water filter that fits on any dispenser, a solar pump for shallow wells and a sanitation improvement package targeting institutions.
 
 
 








 
The 3 products that we are piloting as part of the WA-KE UP Accelerator Programme. From left, dispenser water filter, solar water pump and SATO products.

Geographical Expansion | Expansion To 10 New Counties With P&G








 
Our ongoing partnership with Proctor and Gamble (P&G) continues to see us break new ground. Over the last two years, we have enabled more than 200,000 people to have access to safe drinking water. This year, we are taking it a notch higher and ensuring that the access is sustainable by building 10 water kiosks in new counties in Western Kenya. This, coupled with our ongoing household-targeted business model will enable us to reach hundreds of thousands of new customers and ensure more people have sustainable access to safe drinking water. 


Product Distribution | Selling Water Filters through Sun King


We are delighted to have officially signed an MOU with Sun King, one of the leading solar distribution companies in the country, to distribute our water filters to their customers. We look forward to a fruitful and mutually beneficial partnership!

Partnership Development |  Visit from Danone Communities
 
FROM LEFT: Jane and Dominic from our production team show Anna Perinic from Danone Communities, a French company that invests in enterprises in the WASH sector, how our products are assembled. RIGHT: John Nyagwencha, CEO of ACK and Anna planting a tree at our WASH Campus.

Marketing & Promotion |  Africities 9th Edition Exhibition, Kisumu 
 
 Benson Nyandusi, Distributor Sales Executive, talks to a potential customer at the Africities Exhibition in Kisumu City, where we had a stand promoting our WASH products. The event attracted thousands of people and organizations from across Africa. 

Awareness Creation |  Introducing WASHiriki Programme in Laikipia 

SECOND LEFT: Rose Kiptoo (Community WASH Promotion Officer) with new Community WASH Promoters from Laikipia trained in partnership with KHCI.
In 2016, we began an amazing journey with Kenya Health Care Initiatives (KHCI) to improve lives in Laikipia County through provision of drinking water solutions.  This partnership has expanded even further this year through the introduction of the WASHiriki programme aimed at increasing the level of awareness of community members around the area of WASH leading to behaviour change and increased demand for WASH technologies. Our staff team of Rose Kiptoo, Benson Nyandusi and Risper Mose trained 29 Community WASH Promoters and 9 Monitoring Agents and will support them over the coming months to promote behaviour change and technology adoption.
 
FROM LEFT: The newly trained CWPs with their certificates. RIGHT: Training underway at Timau River Lodge.
Further to rolling out the WASHiriki Programme in Laikipia, we had the privilege of having Dr. Ralph Stroup MD., the CEO and President of KHCI, his wife Mary Ann Stroup and Eileen Kelly, both KHCI Board Members visit our WASH Campus in Rigoma. 
 
FROM LEFT: Dr Ralph Stroup, Mary Ann and Eileen Kelly look on as Dominic Makori, Inventory and Supply Officer, demonstrates how we assemble our water filters. On the (RIGHT) the three are being shown EMAS technologies.
 
Awareness Creation |  Expanding WASHiriki Programme in Narok
 

We began our partnership with Nasha Ministries International in April by training 30 Community WASH Promoters in Narok.  Irene Murere, Community WASH Promotions Officer, has been supporting the CWPs to roll out WASHiriki clubs in their communities. Over the last four years, we have had a lot of success in Narok working with another partner NGO- Africa Hope
 
Training Workshop |  Building capacity of NGOs through UWASNET, Uganda
  
In May, Jeremiah Ouko, H2OPE Accelerator Manager, and Rose Kiptoo, Community WASH Promotion Officer, travelled to Kampala, Uganda to facilitate two workshops- Community WASH Promotion and Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS). The workshops were done in collaboration with CAWST's team of Ryan Blyth and Taya Raine and hosted by the Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET) 
 
Aqua Clara Kenya is a Social Enterprise whose mission is to increase access to safe drinking water in Africa by building local capacity, providing effective solutions and implementing sustainable approaches.
                   
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