With a population of 46 million, 41 percent of Kenyans still rely on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers.
Surface waters resources cover only 2 per cent of the total surface area. The climate varies from tropical along the Kenyan coast of the Indian ocean to arid in the interior and two thirds of the country is covered by semi-desert or desert land.
Kenya's natural water resources do not provide an equitable delivery of water to the various regions of the country and the country's water basins do not reach an equitable area of the country. This leaves most of the population without any fresh water.
- Only 9 out of 55 public water service providers in Kenya provide continuous water supply, leaving people to find their own ways of searching for appropriate solutions to these basic needs.
- Water scarcity in Kenya has been an issue for decades, as only a small percentage of the country's land is optimal for agriculture. A recent natural disaster also caused major soil degradation and refugee displacement throughout the country.
- Rapid urbanization has also pushed poor urban dwellers to the slums, where there is no water or sanitation, and overcrowding exacerbates the already hazardous health conditions.
Kenya's water shortage means that a large population of women and children spend up to one-third of their day fetching water in the hot sun from the nearest fresh water source.
The Hippo Roller enables people to collect five times more water than traditional methods, improving their health, and saving them time to spend on food production and education.
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