Stories like this are very powerful, they create perspective. I have been following www.water.org for years now and it’s always been such an inspiring story. The founder, Matt Damon is taking the world’s water crisis head-on. He’s changed so many lives by giving them access to one basic necessity of life. One that without we don’t exist. Frequently, I get out of the shower and tell my wife how grateful I am that we have hot showers. Think about that, so simple, but such a great luxury. Go a week without it, maybe walk 8 miles to get your water or wait several hours a day to get water every other day of the week. Well, that’s how Madduramma and her children were living everyday until they met someone from Water.org.
As with many families in communities where access to water is limited, Madduramma and her children faced a frustrating cycle of challenges that could only be resolved by having better access to water.
“Prior to intervention Madduramma could get water from one source, a distant street-corner tap. The tap on the corner was the only source of water for about twenty families. Water was supplied every other day through the main line to the spout and either Muadduramma or her children had to wait for several hours each day to collect it for drinking and cooking. Often times she and her children would be late to work waiting to collect the water. Because they were late, their wages would be deducted.
As with many families in communities where water is limited, Madduramma and her children faced a frustrating cycle of challenges that could only be resolved by having better access to water.
Recently Madduramma was introduced to a WaterCredit officer with Water.org’s partner, Mythri. He helped her and four other families from her community learn more about WaterCredit. The first meeting was conducted in Madduramma’s home to train the families on the loan product and repayments. After understanding how the program works, each family moved forward with taking out a loan to connect water to their homes. After the installation was complete at Madduramma’s home she gladly shared, “Now I am in a very comfortable situation. My children can go to work regularly and arrive on time. With water at the doorstep of our home we are very happy!””
Capital city: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
97 million lack safe water
814 million have no sanitation services
Infant mortality rate of 5%
30% live in poverty