Kuku, Kenya

By digging more than 116,248 semi-circular bunds, Justdiggit has brought back vegetation to this once degraded area, making it useful again for the local community.

Design Phase
100% done
Implementation Phase
80% done
ha re-greened
960 mio
liter water per year

Re-greening the land

Southern Kenya is the home to the Maasai people, who mostly depend on the land as a main source of income and food.

In this project, we already managed to sucessfully re-green 885 hectares of severely degraded land, together with the local Maasai community and our local partner, the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT). To recover this area, the Maasai community has dug 116,248 (!) rainwater harvesting bunds. These stopped further erosion and enabled rain water to infiltrate into the soils again, which has led to vegetation to recover. Also, grass seed banks has been initiated and is now managed by Maasai women. This re-greened the barren area near their doma (small settlement). They harvest seeds and grasses which generates income while the landscape is restored at the same time!


Cooling effect of vegetation

The impact of the water bunds on the micro-climate can be clearly seen in this picture. Move the slider to show the temperature difference between the vegetation inside the bunds and the surrounding bare soil. The soil within the bund is much cooler than outside the bund due to the increased vegetation!

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Timelapse re-greening bunds

October 2017 - August 2018

The soil bunds changes into bunds with vegetation. In the drought period you can see very clearly that the vegetation survived! This means that the water is being held and the soil is more fertile. Now we can look forward to the new rainy season!


Seeds of change

Documentaire Rainmakers ll

We have now made two documentaries in Kenya to show the impact of our projects. While the first part of the documentary series Rainmakers shows the beginning of our projects and their necessity, Seeds of Change shows the clear re-greening results of our projects and the positive impact our projects have on humans and animals.


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