For 20 years, Banu has been living in her Bangladeshi slum of Begunbari with her two daughters. Her husband died 15 years ago. She works as a housemaid.
Because she did not have a water system near her home, Banu used to collect water from her best option - a dirty pond 20 minutes away. She had to make this 40 minute round trip two or three times a day for her family. This water was for all of her family's bathing, cleaning, and other household needs.
But today, things are different for Banu and her daughters. Only months ago, a new deep tube well was completed in her community.
"The pond water I was forced to get water from previously was very dirty with a bad smell," Banu said. "And due to my distant walks to collect water, sometimes I was late to work. But after the installation of the deep tube well, we are able to get safe water much more quickly. Now I have enough water for all my household purposes. Before this well, my daughters and I would suffer from diarrhea, jaundice, dysentery and skin diseases because of the dirty water from the pond. By the blessing of God, we don't have these water-borne diseases anymore."
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