Problem Addressed

The United Nations reports that 783 million people lack access to clean drinking water and between six and eight million people die annually from water-related disease. The greatest burden of morbidity and mortality is in children under the age of five.

In addition to addressing lack of access to clean water in Kenya, ICC also addresses the reliance on charities and NGOs as the middle-men for filter distribution, which has several downsides. First, inconsistent orders for the filter manufacturers result in rush production that lowers filter quality and leads to inconsistent employment for the factory team. Second, the end user of the filters do not value the filter and are not be able to replace the filter if it is broken. Third, the filters do not reach as many people through such a model.

Innovative Approach

The Kenya Ceramic Project and CeraMaji are innovative in addressing issues of water and sanitation from a human rights and human-centered perspective. The project intends to build an industry that can sustain itself locally, by filtering water with a simple, non-technical design and using ceramic materials already present in the community.

Program Solution

The Kenya Ceramic Project (KCP) and CeraMaji together manufacture, market, and distribute household ceramic water filters in vulnerable communities across Kenya and East Africa. The water filters are inexpensive, efficient, and sustainably produced. A single filter costs less than one course of antibiotics for a diarrheal illness and can serve an entire family for several years. KCP represents the local and sustainable manufacturing operations of the project and CeraMaji represents the marketing and distribution functions. The filter is sold in supermarkets and through health care and health good providers for around 15 US dollars. This provides clean drinking water for a family for several years.

CeraMajifilters have provided clean drinking water to over 100,000 people in communities in Kenya and neighboring countries. At its current capacity, the KCP factory is capable of producing 500 filters each month. This means that on average, an additional 30,000 people are given access to clean drinking water each year.