2010-2015 | Morogoro, Tanzania

Strategic collaboration with local organizations and entrepreneurs to develop and scale up sustainable water services for domestic and productive uses.


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Context & Challenges

While blessed with relatively abundant renewable water resources and despite significant investment since the 1990s, 56% of Tanzania’s rural population still lacks access to potable water services. Challenges include weak sector governance, lack of strategies to deal with hydrologic variability, and low management and financial capacity leading to poor sustainability of systems. Tanzania’s predominantly agriculture-based economy is also highly vulnerable to poor governance of water resources under current and projected future climate scenarios. Nearly one-third of Tanzania’s 45 million people live on less than one dollar per day and 42% of children under five years old suffer from malnutrition and stunting.


Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (iWASH) Program

Location: Morogoro, Iringa, and Njombe Regions

Dates: 2010-2015

Clients [to date]: 100,984 people receiving access to improved water services

Funder: USAID through the GLOWS consortium with FIU

Implementers: Winrock International with local partners: Heifer International, IDYDC, MSABI, SAWA, SEMA, SHIPO, & TAHA

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Tackle the root causes of poverty in rural areas by linking demand-driven Multiple-Use Water Services with impact-boosting health and livelihoods programs.

Strategic collaborations with local partner organizations accelerate expansion of water services for clients’ domestic and productive needs. Communities are involved in selecting from a range of cost-effective infrastructure options and interventions focus on sustainability of services, centering on strengthening community governance and providing technical and business training to local private sector entrepreneurs who can provide water-related products and services on a continuing basis. Quality control and certification is provided to small-scale drillers and manufacturers of pumps, filters, and other technologies. Innovative financing mechanisms are put in place to help start and scale-up water-related businesses. Domestic water services are complemented with hygiene behavior change programs and household water treatment. With local partners, Heifer International and the Tanzanian Horticulture Association, the iWASH program is also undertaking a suite of integrated livelihood support activities, including inputs, technical capacity, irrigation technology, and market linkages for home and commercial gardens as well as livestock husbandry. Lastly, through Florida International University (FIU), the program is engaged in water resources management through targeted water sources protection and environmental flows research.



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  • Water infrastructure and management systems options are presented to communities during participatory planning process
  • Innovative financing mechanisms help start and scale-up water-related businesses that can provide products and services on a continuing basis
  • Strategic collaborations with local partner organizations accelerate expansion of water services for both domestic and productive uses
  • Training to strengthen community governance increases sustainability of services and integrated benefits
  • Technical and business training along with quality control and certification provided for local entrepreneurs including small-scale drillers and manufacturers of pumps, filters and other technologies


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  • Greater volumes of water and more reliable services are made available for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene
  • Household water storage and treatment increases potable domestic water services available for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene
  • Hygiene behavior change training focused on handwashing helps reduce water-related disease
  • Low-cost handwashing stations are promoted


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  • Increased access to productive-use water services supports income generation activities such as gardening, livestock watering, tree planting and brick-making
  • Support for improved inputs, technical capacity, irrigation technology and market linkages increase income generation from home and commercial gardens and from livestock husbandry


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  • Awareness of sustainable yields and legal water permits helps communities understand link between water services for human use and protection of environmental flows
  • Environment sub-committees of Community Owned Water Supply Organizations (COWSOs) establish and enforce upstream land-use bylaws, which helps to protect water sources
  • Communities work to carry out targeted water source protection by raising awareness around latrine sitting and water point maintenance.




What We’ve Learned


Solution Stories

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Lavina Venance – Small-scale Organic Vegetable Producer

Levina doubted that a simple kitchen garden could transform her life, but it has.

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Juma Mape – Manual Well Driller

With training and support, a local well driller becomes a financially successful entrepreneur.


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Peter Mbuya – Improved Poultry Production

More water and technical training means more chickens; And more chickens means a better house, school, and maybe even a car.




Our team in Tanzania has been hard at work promoting SolutionMUS to local communities and the general public. View some of their “how-to” and promotional clips below.

How to Construct a Simple Hand-Washing Station

How to Construct a Local (Kinengunengu) Chicken Brooder

How to Construct an Anthill Kitchen Garden

How to Construct a Bag Kitchen Garden

How to Use the Tulip Water Filter

How to Setup and Maintain a Drip Irrigation System.

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