She seems unassuming; however upon conversation with Edita one will discover the quiet confidence that drove her to bring her family to a place where they could access both good schools and running water.
Edita and her husband started their family in a small village deep in the Andes Mountains. Together with their children, they lived a difficult life. Each day held the need for long walks for water and laborious domestic chores. There were no nearby schools. Edita believed that somewhere, somehow, a better life awaited her family.
With hope and determination, Edita and her husband moved their family to Concepcion Village. Comprised of mostly indigenous Incan people, who largely speak the ancient language of Q’eqchi’, the family felt right at home speaking their native language, among their people. Of even greater benefit – the poor yet developing community offered schools and running water. So close to achieving what they wanted for their new life, next was to find a way to establish a water connection in their home. They didn’t have to look far.
Water.org’s work around the world includes removing the financial barriers that separate the poor in Concepcion Village from accessing the municipal water lines running just under their feet. We empower families like Edita’s by helping them access small, affordable loans that enable them to install household water connections and toilets.
Goal in reach, it was only a few short weeks before Edita turned the knob on her very own tap. And within a few short months, she and her husband will repay their loan with money earned from farm work available to them in Concepcion.
It was with hope and determination Edita moved her family to a better home, and it is with access to safe water she is more empowered than ever to change their world.
This World Water Day, give to Water.org and empower a woman like Edita to change her own world.