Today, we are privileged to be a global network of people aiming to provide alternative methods of funding causes –– alternative to traditional funding methods (e.g. public funds, overseas development assistance, individual donors, foundations and CSR).

Our story began in 1996. 

Back then our founder saw, first-hand, the difficulty some villages had in finding clean water. While on his first assignment –– supervising and managing civil works on a road project –– as an employee of a consulting engineering firm. He saw that quarries left behind collected contaminated rainwater –– these queries were the poor villagers’ best source of water.

He brought his engineering skills to bear on solving the pressing need for clean water close to home. Rainwater Harvesting seemed the ideal solution. He searched for the best methods for rainwater harvesting in low-income settlements.

He wanted a system that: 

  • requires no electricity;
  • needs little maintenance;
  • would be kept up by village members without need for skilled labor;
  • is of greatest value for building cost;
  • requires low to no cost to run;
  • is long lasting; and,
  • is hygienic.

At end of the assignment in 2000, he resigned from the employment and founded Otung Ltd (Otung), a private company duly registered in Kenya.

The Story Continues

As a sole regional distributor of Zincalume Steel tanks with an Australia based tank manufacturer, Pioneer Water Tanks, Otung asked a secondary school to propose how they would pay for a tank by instalments. Although the school’s proposal was the best possible, it was not viable for Otung, as the cost of managing the hire purchase arrangement was higher than cost of the tank.

Therefore, Otung formed two divisions:
1.  RaHa Solutions for increasing Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) that includes: donating health insurance premiums to households; donating rainwater harvesting systems to villages and schools (that contain the households); protecting rainwater from pollution by donating toilets to the villages and schools; increasing doctors’ MRESENCE around the villages and schools (as doctors’ PRESENCE around villages is very low); and, donating reusable sanitary towels to girls that are in the households (this also helps girls finish school).

2. DuGut Applications for developing alternative methods of funding RaHaSolutions’ activities –– alternative to traditional funding methods (e.g. public funds, overseas development assistance, individual donors, foundations and CSR).

Folklore

RaHa is a name coined from [Ra]inwater [Ha]rvesting. RaHa’s logo features a smile (depicting ‘raha’ in swahili).

DuGut is a name coined from ‘Do Good

Our Mission

is to develop methods of funding causes and to apply the methods in bringing UHC to those excluded from quality health care coverage.

Our UHC has 5 exceptional features:

1. Members of public, community health workers (CHWs) and nurses identify households that need health insurance premiums. Engaging CHWs and nurses in this (identification) is partly for purposes of increasing number of Frontline Health Workforce.

 2. We pay premiums on behalf of the households at a rate of one household per calendar week.

3. Members of the households don’t travel to hospitals/clinics/specialists or vice versa unless traveling is absolutely necessary.

4. We pay the CHWs and nurses.

5. In addition to the premiums, we provide to the villages and schools:

i. Water that is: of maximum capacity; as near to the consumer as possible; and, as clean as can be made possible by the best available technology –– even where we have to provide boreholes, we find boreholes: with enough volume (we give 3 year water source capacity guarantee per borehole); with the highest quality water (that competes with bottled mineral water); and, precisely in the piece of land where the consumer needs it.

ii. Reusable Sanitary Towels that are antimicrobial (intelligent towels), luxurious, soft and stretchy. They are easy to manage (30 min soaking, rinsing, squeezing and drying). They dry fast. Each of the towels can withstand at least 100 washes (assuming that a towel is washed twice in a period, 100 washes translates into 4 years of use). The antimicrobial efficacy does not deplete over time as the treatment is permanently bonded to the towels.

iii. Healthcare facility named MRESENCE Telecare™. The special functional features that are useful to each MRESENCE TeleCare™ session are:

  • Unique functional capability for SWIS (See What I See) & TWIT (Touch What I Touch)
  • Chat function: the therapist on one end of the remote interaction and the care giver at the other end of the interaction can use this for prescriptions.
  • Native Language Chat in text and speech with automatic translation in real time. In other words, all parties in MRESENCE session each speaking a different language can converse with one another each hearing the other party’s speech in the language of their choice.
  • All the multi-media interactions in a MRESENCE session is automatically recorded for review, accountability and archived as evidence for use in posterity.
  • Medical instruments that are integrable with the USB Type C Port of Smartphone or Tablet, Smartphones and/or Tablet running the MRESENCE Native App for use with Android or iOS and Healthcare Service Giver and the Healthcare Service Provider.

iv. Toilets: we’ve always believed that rainwater should be protected from pollution. It’s our goal to harvest and clean stormwater for the water starved –– this starts with providing toilets upstream.

Our Members & Beneficiaries

We are the finest people with interest in manufacturing and distributing WASH equipment. Importantly, we are actionists on UHC and WASH funding issues. Our employees, who we call members, are at the heart of the RaHa Experience.

We believe in treating our beneficiaries with respect and dignity and we are proud to offer several landmark programs for our beneficiaries.

Being a Not-Only-For-Profit Business, we have always believed in the importance of building a great, enduring business that strikes a balance between profitability and a social conscience.

We nurture personal relationships and build a global network of support to create new ways to finance causes: ways that are sustainable, transparent and good for people and the planet.

Our products are designed on the backdrop of a neighbourliness –– we strive to make each neighbour benefit. As we have grown, so too has our ability to make positive impact.

As it has been from the beginning, our purpose goes far beyond profit.

We believe in the pursuit of doing good.

 

Although we target both Millenials (Gen Y) and Centennials (Gen Z), the latter is becoming more active than the previous as the “Activist Generation.

Despite their young age, the leading edge of Generation Z is already demonstrating social consciousness –– for example, the Afghan teen Malala Yousafzai, at age 18, became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Moreover, Gen Z boasts plenty of less celebrated activists –– in recent study by cultural forecasting firm, Sparks and Honey, found that 26% of 16 – 19 year olds already volunteer on regular basis. (Source: businessinsider, theatlantic.com)

Gen Z seems to learn from their older siblings, the Millennials, who are defying their reputation for entitlement by turning out to be remarkably generous. According to the a Millennial Impact Report, from the Case Foundation, 84% of them have made charitable donations and 70% were volunteering for their favourite cause of charity. Source: Forbes, Case Foundation)

Many characteristics of Gen Z are grounded in hope and good. Born between 1995 – 2010, they are labeled ‘Z’ because they are the successors to Millennials, who are also sometimes referred to as Gen Y. Despite all the doom and gloom that people have used to describe them, they bring their own unique gifts to the world of today ––and tomorrow. (Source: businessinsider, Forbes, Huffingtonpost)

Anything familiar?

It’s A WATER TANK.

Believe it when the statistics show that up to 41% of Kenyans have no access to clean water or efficient water storage facilities.

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We leave them with clean water & toilets, sanitary pads, rainwater harvesting facilities.. And we leave you (as a business, company, organization) with savings on your print Ads budget, millions in brand visibility and engagement and a satisfaction that you didn’t just Spread Your Print Adverts on our weekly newspaper supplement with Nation & Standard Newspaper but you also changed lives in a community forever.

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Public toilets that are poorly located generate a sense of neglect, attracting vandalism, anti-social behaviour and social disorder. And lack of available and appropriate facilities at the right time encourages fouling, and treating diseases associated with open defecation such as typhoid, dysentery or cholera is a significant and costly task.

These issues, if not tackled effectively, can generate a cycle of decline, leading to more entrenched social problems, and seriously impairing quality of place and quality of life for local people.

Others have seen this reality before. HIGHWAY ACT 1980 Part VII Provision of Special Facilities for Highways states that “…112 Provision of picnic sites and public conveniences for users of trunk roads (1) The Minister may provide on land adjoining, or in the vicinity of, a trunk road that is not a special road a picnic site for motorists and others likely to use the road with space for parking vehicles and a means of access to and from a highway. An area of any such land as aforesaid in which there are, or are to be, provided such a picnic site, parking space and means of access as aforesaid is in this Act referred to as a “trunk road picnic area “.

“(2) The Minister may erect buildings and execute works on a trunk road picnic area for the purpose of providing all or any of the following:— (a) parking places for vehicles, (b) a means of access to or from the area from or to a highway, (c) public sanitary conveniences (including lavatories), and…”

“…(5) The Minister may provide public sanitary conveniences (including lavatories) in proper and convenient situations on or under land forming part of a trunk road that is not a special road, or adjoining, or in the vicinity of, such a road and may manage such conveniences…”

The extent to which people have easy access to good quality toilets affects their general health and well being – and that of the whole community. Enabling different people, with different needs, to make use of public toilets at different times can have a significant impact on issues like public health and exercise, public behaviour, use of public transport.

A lack of clean, accessible and safe toilets impacts on some people more than others. Some people may feel unable or reluctant to leave their homes and visit areas where they fear they will not be able to find a public toilet. Older people, mothers, fathers, and carers with young children, disabled people and people with chronic health problems – all need easy access to suitably equipped public toilet facilities.

Businesses respond to motivations. Businesses operate as part of communities and hold as much of a stake in supporting local community amenities and promoting civic pride as the locals themselves.

Family businesses and independents, for instance, may have connections with their local area going back generations. SANI SOLAR public toilets will make such businesses to remain connected with their local area.

Transport operators – like any commercial business – will only make the most of their commercial opportunities if there are public toilets that their passengers demand, many times quietly. 

International and national chains, on the other hand, often have a strong social or community support ethos as part of their corporate policy. Opportunities to provide free services and, sometimes, funding for local community initiatives motivates them – and public toilets provide the opportunity. 

Businesses operate to turn profit, and customer footfall is the lifeblood of retail and leisure sectors. Yet however alluring the window display, however good the sales pitch, people need first to feel drawn into the area. People respond to, and recognise, areas that show a strong brand image, a sense of civic pride, where it is obvious from the road furniture, local environment, and signage that people are welcomed, that their needs are understood and catered for. 

In other words, sense of destination – the extent to which a destination has met a visitor’s needs and made a strong and positive impression – is vital to secure repeat trade and sustainable economic development.

Public toilets as part of road furniture is therefore, important for local shops and businesses too.

Places – where we live, school, travel, shop, work, take recreation – are more accessible and attractive when public toilets are well planned, designed, maintained, clearly signposted, and available when people need to use them. They are one of a range of amenities that help to attract a more diverse range of visitors, encouraging them to spend longer in the country, and to visit again. 

Being able to access a toilet is a fundamental need for any visitor therefore, a lot of clean toilets should be built so that information about the toilets can be distributed wildly, signposts regarding clean toilets should be on all roads – tourists choose their destinations carefully, drawing on their previous impressions, talking to friends and family, looking up feedback on the internet.