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Group Name: Eramatare Self Help Group

Number of Years With WILK: First received a loan in 2013.  2014 saw the repayment of their second loan.

Group Information: Eramatare is from all around the local Group Ranch: Olchorro, Risa, Meshenani, Ilmarba, Namelok – it was started by members of one clan to help them raise money for their children’s education – the larger group has 60 members and they made an offshoot group to do livestock as a business to support their original goal of education. Continue Reading →


Ol Tukai Orok

Group Name: Ol Tukai Orok Self Help Group

Number of Years with WILK: Ol Tukai received their first loan in 2013

Group Information:

Ol Tukai Orok means the black (or dark) Palm trees, referring to trees that grow in Amboseli National Park.  The group is located in Enkong’u Narok village and has 14 group members. Continue Reading →




Group Name: Meshenani Livestock Keepers Self Help Group

Number of Years With WILK: Meshenani was one of the original livestock groups, and first received a loan in 2011.

Group Information:

Meshenani is located on the north end of Amboseli park, and is one of our original water project locales.  The group has 17 members and has gone through a number of trainings and seminars over the past 3 years. Continue Reading →



Esokota is a large community of almost 3,000 people. They have done everything they can to improve their own lives: they have built a school for the children and even a rainwater harvesting system. Unfortunately for such a large population, rainwater isn’t enough even in a good year, and it certainly is not enough if there is a drought. Their current system needed to be supplemented in order to meet the demand of all the locals. Knowing that a well was the solution, but lacking the experience and the funds to complete it, the villagers of Esokota sought help from WILK. With help from the Rotary Clubs of Sweden, we dug a shallow well on the school grounds. Now the children have water close-by, and the entire area has an ample water supply.
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Project Background:

The community of Ilmarba is located near the Tanzanian border, in between two of our other projects, Imisgiyio and Olepolos. The village has had a borehole well, pump, and generator for some time, that approximately 1,500 people use. The issue Ilmarba faced was a rather unique one: elephants came and damaged the well system. The borehole actually provides water for the elephants as well, and they have learned that the sound of the pump means there is water. When the pump stopped, the elephants became upset and damaged the equipment! Continue Reading →



Enkorbobit is a village located further outside the Amboseli National Park, and thus it lacks the access some communities have to the park’s resources. One of these resources is water, and the six miles that separate their homes from the park made getting water an all day affair. The people knew they needed clean water, but did not want to abandon their home to get it. WILK sought to help them with their problem, and through assistance from a generous Swedish Rotary Club, we were able to dig them a shallow well. This provides clean water year round, and the locals are able to remain in their homes. After its completion, people began to migrate to the village. The locals were pleased to share the gift they had been given with those in need. Continue Reading →



Noosidan, like Enkorbobit, is outside of the Amboseli National Park, by the southeastern border. It is a rural community, and due to their distance from the park and lack of resources they had a difficult time getting water for themselves. They were truly thankful when we approached them and offered to dig a well in their village. Drilling in Noosidan certainly did prove exciting: a collapsing rock formation gave the drillers quite a scare. Fortunately nobody was hurt in the incident, and the well was completed successfully. Prior to the well being finished, the locals called their village Ongata Rongai, which means “flat plain”. After its completion, it was renamed Noosidan, which means “beautiful place”. It was truly special to see what an impact this well had on the area. Continue Reading →



Around 1,500 people call the village of Risa home. For a long time, the closest water source was at the Iremito gate of the Amboseli National Park, approximately five kilometers to the south. Unfortunately this source did not provide reliably year round, so women had no choice but to travel even farther to water sources like swamps and ponds. It was not uncommon for women to be gone eight or nine hours, every day. A few years ago, a well was dug but it failed to provide an adequate supply to all the villagers. Continue Reading →


Enkong’u Narok

The village of Enkong’u Narok is one of the smallest WILK serves; currently about 1,000 people live there. Translated, Enkong’u Narok means “black spring”, and it has earned this name because of the water source nearby that produces dark, murky water. Villagers often complain about having to deal with malaria, and other water-borne illnesses. Located in the village is a health clinic, but the water they use is the same dirty water that makes the locals sick. The community recognized the need for a better water source, and sought help from WILK. We did some preliminary research, and found that the water table is relatively close to the ground. After a discussion with the community, it was decided that we would drill a borehole well to reach the clean groundwater beneath. Continue Reading →