Emu Sacco has stepped up its efforts to recruit members and to increase opportunities for on-farm water storage.
Climate change has become a reality that we are all grappling with. When rainfall becomes less predictable and more erratic, we are faced with real threat to our water security.
To cushion their members from the adverse effects of climate change, Emu Sacco has been advocating for its members to have at least 90 days of on-farm water storage.
Emu Sacco provides financing and technical support for water storage management and applications. Members were linked with suppliers at advantageous rates to purchase dam liners that are leak-proof to assist with better water storage.
So far, a total of 13 farmers have benefitted from the savings and loan program. Member farmers are from Laikipia West, Laikipia North, Laikipia East, Meru and Nyeri, and this only goes to show the increasing reach of the Sacco.
A total of 15 million litres has so far been harvested, an amazing tribute to members and the Sacco.
To stem evaporation from the new water storage, we have also negotiated favorable prices for shade netting:
|Shade net Cloth (%) density||Measurements||Price in Ksh per sqm|
|40||4m × 50m||50|
|50||4m × 50m||58|
|60||4m × 50m||65|
|70||4m × 50m||75|
|90||4m × 50m||85|
The Sacco advises all beneficiaries to ensure they recharge their water pans with rainwater or rivers (only with permission and at night) during dry spells.
Current activities being implemented by EMU-SACCO are supported by the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) hosted by the World Bank Group.
For more information and to become a member, please contact Susan Gathoni, Executive Officer