Kenya: Improving Access to Sewerage and Water Supply Network in Nairobi’s Low-Income Communities

Grant Funding|Activity Status: Closed
  • Country
  • Amount
    $6.93 million
  • Approval Date
    March 01, 2012
    Closing Date
    June 30, 2018
  • Donors



The project's objective as to provide sustainable access to sanitation and water services in selected low-income communities of Nairobi, by applying one-off OBA subsidies in order to make pro-poor sewerage and water connections financially viable.

Almost two-thirds of Nairobi’s four million inhabitants live in informal settlements that experience sparse coverage by the piped water network. GPOBA supported a project that incentivizes and increases access to water and sewerage services in low-income communities by facilitating the participation of domestic micro-finance institutions in the urban services sector.

The program enabled low-income households to come together to borrow the money needed for the initial cost of installing a metered stand pipe within their residential compound. A total of 4,920 sewer connections and 2,811 water connections were completed and verified, benefiting over 42,000 lower income people. An additional grant of $2.6 million was signed in August 2017 to scale up and expand the reach of the project, bringing the total funding to $6.93Million.