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Pakiteng Livestock Group


Group Name: Pakiteng

Number of Years with WILK: 2011-2012

Group Information:

Pakiteng is a name for somebody who gives somebody else a cow.  So, if I give you a cow, you’ll call me Pakiteng as a way to remember the generosity of my gift.  This group started in 2012 and was trained but did not meet the eligibility requirements for a loan in 2013.  One of the keys to success for the Livestock as Business project is to ensure that only groups who have committed themselves to change receive loans.  This is part of the reason why we’ve never had a loan that wasn’t repaid. Continue Reading →


Ilkiramat loo Imisiygio

Group Name: Ilkiramat Loo Imisigyio Self Help Group

Number of Years with WILK:  Received first loan in fall of 2013.

Group Information:Translated, Ilkiramat loo Imisiygio means the livestock-keepers of Imisgyio. This group is comprised of twelve women and five men, and they have just completed their first loan cycle. They are a very driven group; each member does its part to raise money for buying cattle, and every two weeks they meet to discuss plans and their progress. Many of the members use the profits to send their children to school, and they are very thankful for the opportunity they have been given. Continue Reading →




water tank on motorcycle.In May 2015, Water is Life Kenya implemented our Olchorro Community Water Pipeline storage tank project.  The town of Olchorro has a pipeline but the water is unreliable, especially during August-October, the regular drought period. Pipeline members have water taps but few have water storage. When no water is in the line, taps are dry and people suffer. After many discussions with the WILK and the water management committee about different water storage alternatives, small tanks for individual members was decided on as the most helpful, least risky water storage option.

To become eligible for a 260Gal tank individual members built a concrete slab, paid a percentage of the tank cost, and signed an agreement with WILK. These tanks ensure that water is available throughout the day for the multiple families who use each spigot, and for days the water is not flowing, it provides a buffer.

WILK provided tanks for 100 families at a cost of $125 for each tank, including transport.