Maji Usafi wa Mazingira na Afya (MA.U.A) in English stands for Water Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH). The MA.U.A Program is focused on sustainable solutions to WASH challenges. Their first objective is to help increase poor rural and small town dwellers’ sustainable access to a clean water supply in the Iringa region. IDYDC provides access to water through the application of low-cost manual drilling and pump installation technologies. MA.U.A. trains and supports local drillers to do this. They then train communities on the operation and maintenance of the pumps, lowering costs and making them more sustainable. Through a participatory approach, the community feels ownership of the service which makes the intervention more sustainable.
Their second objective is to increase sustainable access to sanitation and hygiene services for poor rural and small town dwellers in Kilolo district. Their programs operate through an edu-sports approach, which reaches a large number of students in primary and secondary schools through tournaments, sports, and games. The students get hygiene and sanitation education easily through play. The program uses special games penetrated with sanitation and hygiene messages. Youth are also trained on building low cost latrines in their community, and the community then buys the product from the group of youth.
Their third objective is to increase the number and capacity of private sector entrepreneurs and businesses providing WASH services in the Iringa region. The program identifies, trains and builds the capacity of WASH entrepreneurs, including water filter distributors, well drillers and pump manufacturers. IDYDC gives them a form of capital and techniques related to their technologies.
Through its Multiple Use of water Services (MUS) program, IDYDC also address creating livelihoods and coping with impacts of climate variabilities. Through the program, IDYDC facilitates linkages and collaborations between experts of various livelihood activities. For example, some of the experts know about home gardening through drip irrigation, while others know about livestock keeping such as chicken husbandry, goats, pigs and bee-keeping. Moreover, IDYDC’s WASH financing options allow the community to access water supply and sanitation services on a credit basis.