A Simple Solution

The time this woman spent walking to the nearest tap and waiting in line for water demanded more of her days than was practical. Learn how a simple solution changed Dalimi's life.

Dalimi Nath proudly stands in front of her new tube well. Up to this point, Dalimi spent her days walking a considerable distance from home to retrieve water at the public tap. The time she spent walking to the tap and waiting in line for water demanded more of her days than was practical.

As is often the case when women in India rely on a community water source, usually the only water source, they just hope the water will run long enough for them to get a share. According to Dalimi, the public water well rarely functioned properly, and the water supply was very unreliable. Occasionally her friends or neighbors would rush to let her know water was available, so she would drop whatever she was doing to go collect it. Unfortunately hauling the water home was difficult, and storing the extra was even more of a challenge.

Through a local health program Dalimi learned of Water.org and the Asomi WSH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Project. She found out how a small WaterCredit loan could help her to construct a tube-well at home. Within just a few weeks Dalimi had access to safe water. Now, the time she spent walking and waiting for water each day she spends caring for her family and managing the other chores. She is grateful to Water.org’s WSH Project for introducing her to such a simple, life-changing solution.

This story was made possible by a generous grant from the PepsiCo Foundation.

Capital: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
77 million lack access to safe water
769 million lack access to improved sanitation
59% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day