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Enkong’u Narok Update

Good News! The borehole project at Enkong’u Narok is moving forward.  We just sent payment to the drillers to install the pump and generator so the equipment will be installed in the upcoming days.  This project will completely transform this community!  Thank you to all our WILK supporters who made this all possible.  IMG_7391


Thirst Reverse II: November 19

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The event you’ve all been waiting for: Thirst Reverse II is coming November 19th, 2014.  All day at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, 20% of your bill will be given to WILK.  There will be chances to win great prizes, and see all your WILK friends including Joyce who will be back from Kenya for the Holidays. 

Join us, and make your night-out an event to reverse thirst in Kenya.  Click Here for the Give 20 Coupon


Livestock as Business Results: 2014

meshenani group and bulls small(1)The news is in: Water is Life Kenya’s Livestock as Business project has just completed its third year of operation with enormous success. Next year, we’ll be adding 5 new groups to this incredibly profitable training and micro-loan project. WILK provides small loans that are used by organized trading cooperatives to buy cattle. Over the course of several months, they feed and care for the livestock so that they can be sold at market. We provide training sessions on vaccinating and healing the animals, should they fall ill, as well as some basic business training; keeping an account book, how to get the most for the cattle, and leadership training.

From these small seeds of knowledge and capital, great things are growing. In the 2014 season, WILK gave loans to 6 livestock groups. The average profit made over an eight month period was 33%, and the best performing group made an incredible 54% profit!

olningo chairladyEvery one of the six groups paid back their loan in full, despite some bad market conditions faced by the younger groups. The groups can save the money they make so that eventually they will no longer require loans from WILK. WILK takes the money returned by the groups and reinvests it into new groups who are clamoring to join this wildly successful project.

All this is thanks to your investment in WILK. As you can see, the returns on your donation are great in terms of finances, knowledge, and most importantly, hope.   Thank you for your support of Water is Life Kenya.


Nailepu Self Help Group

Number of Years With WILK: This is Nailepu’s first year with WILK.

Group Information:  a ladies group from Meshenani, made up of 18 women. They are the reformation of a beading group we worked with a few years back. This is a group of ladies always trying new ways to do business and provide for their families, especially concerned with making sure their children go to school. Continue Reading →


Risa Livestock Keepers Group

Number of years with WILK: This is Risa’s first year with WILK.

Group Information:  Risa is a mixed group of 4 women and 9 men from Risa – they have existed as a group since 2007. They have been pursuing us for their chance to join WILK’s program for the past 2 years, never giving up although several times we told them they were at the end of a long line of groups waiting to get in. They finally have their chance! Their chairman is a determined and humble man who is eager to learn to lead and manage his group and his livestock in the best way possible. Continue Reading →


Oshumu Livestock Keepers Group

Number of years with WILK: This is Oshumu’s first year with WILK.

Group Information:  Oshumu is a mixed group from Enkong’u Narok West (as opposed to the east side where our other group is from) 4 ladies, 12 men. As we were working on the Enkong’u Narok borehole, we met the leaders of the villages of EN west. We shared about the training in livestock disease control and improved livestock breeds. They aggressively pursued the chance to join WILK’s livestock as a business program as soon as they heard we were taking new groups. Many members are already doing business of some kind: the tourist business, selling foodstuffs in the villages, livestock. Everyone owns livestock and wants to build their knowledge to do it better. Continue Reading →


Iltuati Livestock Farmers Self Help Group


Number of Years With WILK: Iltuati will receive their first loan this fall

Group Information:  This group of warriors (young men) from near Ilmarba, is led by the newly inaugurated chief of warriors, Sontika Melok. It is traditional at the inauguration ceremony to give a gift. When Larasha, WILK project manager, presented his gift to the new chief, he told him – “it’s not money, because that can be used up, it’s not food, because that can be eaten, but the gift of knowledge. Form a group of interested warriors and we can train you and your group in better ways of keeping your livestock”. Now Iltuati has begun trainings. Continue Reading →


Olningo Women’s Self Help Group


Number of Years With WILK: Olningo will received their first loan in the  fall of 2015.

Group Information: This new group includes 27 Ladies of all ages from ilmarba and Olmoti. They were founded by the chairlady, Soimone ene Tirina in 2011. They were inspired by the Ilmarba Livestock group and they started by contributing 200 shillings ($2.25) each, and they bought 1 cow. They kept it for a year, sold it and added money, bought 2 cows, they then fattened, sold these, and did they same with 4 more cows. Now they have 7 cows. We appreciate them because they are punctual, motivated and well organized. Continue Reading →