Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much does a sand dam cost?

The cost of a sand dam varies based on the width and depth of a selected seasonal river site.  On average one will cost 7,500 to 15,000 USD which includes the cement, hardware, and logistics.  The cost of human resources and labor is usually contributed by the community receiving the sand dam.


Where does SASOL Foundation work?

SASOL operates with many groups East of the Athi river as well as numerous other arid and semi-arid areas where seasonal rivers naturally have coarse sand available.


What is an ASAL environment?

Kitui County (Mutomo and lower Yatta) in which SASOL operates is classified as Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL). An ASAL environment is characterized by cyclical hydrological and agricultural droughts. Seventy-five percent of the population depends on subsistence agriculture as the main source of livelihood. The hydrological situation is a major challenge to the conventional agriculture and water harvesting techniques.


Does SASOL Foundation have offices in Nairobi?

No, its main office is based in Kitui city of Kitui County about a three hour drive from Nairobi.  It does not have branches around the country, however, it does have a building for its Sahelian Computer Solutions center as well as its Multi-Purpose Center near Kiangu, Kitui county.