Today, we’re celebrating Chisaka Alfred. A client of Opportunity Kenya, Chisaka has won a Platinum Award at the Kenyan Citi Microentrepreneur Awards. This is an annual event organized by The Kenya Association of Microfinance Institutions and supported by Citi Foundation.
Each year, a “Microentrepreneur of the Year” is selected in recognition of his or her extraordinary contributions to the economic sustainability of his or her family and community. Chisaka Alfred was profiled and emerged among the top of all Clients (including those from different MFIs) whose stories were forwarded to the vetting committee.
Here is Chisaka’s story in brief:
Chisaka Alfred: Water Entrepreneur
Chisaka established a water enterprise in Bumala in 1996. He bought a plot that houses the water business, digging a bore hole, paying experts, purchasing the water pump and constructing a permanent structure where the pump is stationed. The start up capital was raised from his personal savings and income from farming.
The business has 4 employees – hiring 2 additional employees on casual basis during the dry spells. Chisaka provides lunch for his employees and covers their medical expenses in addition to monthly salary.
The Bumala community has drawn the following benefits from the bore hole.
- The cost of water per 20 ltr jerican has dropped from Kshs 20/= to Kshs 3/=.
- The borehole supplies the community with safe drinking water. This has reduced cases of waterborne diseases.
- Indirect employment has been created to water vendors who buy the water for onward selling.
- Water scarcity during the dry spells has been curbed.
- The need to boil water for safe drinking has been eliminated, reducing the cost of charcoal and firewood consumed per household.
- Women and children no longer have to fetch water from the river
Chisaka supports his 4 children and 2 other children from his extended family.
We are proud of Chisaka’s achievement and wish him well in the future!