The second stage of mobilisation is called a WOW visit. Essentially from all the people present at the mobilisation, several representatives are elected to travel to and meet residents in another region who own a pump. Here they can use the rope pump themselves, see the product as a customer and importantly discuss with that communities how they worked together to raise funds and how they subsequently manage and maintain their water point.
The three villages quickly formulated groups of community members to process water point applications. A remarkable 20 in total, highlighting the demand and need for water. This is an important point. A simple mobilisation visit has lead to 20 groups joining to obtain the money and organisation to engage with MSABI.
Currently several community members have travelled to the MSABI office to collect application forms and formally sign contracts. Over time the number of water points groups may reduce, but the awareness of the technology is in the village, and given this mobilisation approach the installation of one water point usually sparks more requests from other local groups.
We have decided to follow this project from start to completion to highlight the MSABI process and how we really are reaching the neediest communities with our water points. This project is part of our normal water point intervention programme, this is what we do every day.