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I did find Oloirien, and it was by finding a property and googling it - but I was a bit off in the property I found, so thank you for specifying!

And yes, this is very much of interest. This area may be a bit far from our original site to be our next expansion (it looks like the best route has us going back through Nairobi and takes about 7 hours), but I definitely want to make sure we're connected and talking in case there's a unique synergy. Location is going to matter for our expansion to ensure we can manage our supply chain effectively (for example, instead of using Nairobi and Kiserian as a centralized spot for supplies, it looks like Migori may be the best option for Oloirien). But our first priority is working with women deeply invested and engaged communities regardless of how far off the route. So it's definitely worthwhile to begin the conversation.

I will definitely be connecting with Mike. Thank you!

The problem with the old style of earthen construction is that it's not super water tight or sufficiently strong to handle the weight of water. Also, water is the single most effective solvent known in the world - and it has everything to do with its molecular structure.

This technology is actually a modern version of the traditional earthen homes. It uses the same basic foundation, mud, and incorporates stabilizers and a small amount of cement to make a construction material with a comparable strength to cement blocks. Cured ISSBs weigh about 2/3 as much as a cement block and have comparable compressive strength.

It's this mixture that makes these modern earthen tanks strong enough to hold up to 20,000L of water above ground and up to 200,000L in a submerged tank. And a thin lining of waterproof cement on the inside of the tank ensures that the tank retains all the water it collects.

Dusti Becker it is fine. We actually will not be in Kenya this summer either (our community cofounders will be there, but my American cofounder is returning to resume fundraising next week) - so a call via American phone lines could work just fine if that's of interest (it looks like you're in Arizona?).

I would be super interested to learn about the women in your community and any organizing and work they are doing. I would also love to be put in contact with Mike Rainey. Perhaps we should move this to email? What's the best email to contact you?