Giving Compass’ Take:
• Access to water can dramatically change the lives of women in low-income countries who are usually walking for more than two hours just to find a water source.
• When women do not have to spend so much time walking to water, they have more time to work and provide financial stability for their families. What is the relationship between economic access and sustainability and water access?
• Read about the necessity for not only access to water but to a reliable water source.
When a man moved onto the land next to Zeinab Juma’s home three years ago and drilled a borehole to earn some side income, she had no idea it would change her life.
Suddenly, Juma and the other residents of Magaoni in Kenya’s Kwale County no longer had to walk several miles every day in search of clean water, paying her neighbor $0.02 per 20 liters instead.During drought season, the streams would dry up, forcing her to spend up to five hours a day walking to streams further away and standing in line to get water for her family. “We had to wait our turn, as everyone depended on that water,” she says. Those who couldn’t wait often had to get water from the polluted river.
After Juma started using the borehole next door, her children got sick less often, and she suddenly found herself with some free time. She noticed a money-making opportunity in selling fabrics, handbags, hats and clothing to women in the town center, so she launched a business in 2016 with $200 seed money from her husband.
“I can finally save with a micro-saving group and helping out with development activities at home, such as contributing to land that we hope to build our future home on,” she says.
Research by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) shows women and girls in low-income countries spend 40 billion hours annually collecting water.
Improving access to clean water not only helps reduce illness rates and gives girls more opportunity to attend school, it also dramatically reduces women’s workloads giving them more time for “productive endeavors” such as earning a decent income.
Read the full article about giving women access to water by Sophie Mbugua at News Deeply
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