Mrs. Vijalakshmi lives in the Manjakkorai hamlet of Gunaseelam Panchayat, India, with her husband and two children. (A hamlet is a rural settlement that is too small to be considered a village). Her daughter is studying in class 6 and her son is in class 4. They are a farming family, and their hamlet is surrounded by agriculture fields. Since the hamlet is near to Cauvery River, they cultivate rice paddies. On the off season, they find other work.
Mrs. Vijalakshmi used to collect drinking water from the public tap but could hardly get five pots a day. This was not sufficient in meeting the needs of the whole family. Also, sometimes there were fights between the women at the public water tap. Vijalakshmi would spend long hours waiting for her turn to collect pots of water, decreasing the time she could work in the field. Often, her husband would be late to work when he helped collect water. They wanted to have an individual water connection at their home, but could not afford it.
Water.org and its local partner, SCOPE, went to Vijalakshmi’s hamlet and conducted an awareness program about water and sanitation. They also informed residents about WaterCredit, small loans that could be taken out to obtain water points. Vijalakshmi and her husband were interested in the loan, so a community health worker visited and explained the cost of the construction and their contribution. They decided to take out a WaterCredit loan.
Today, they have a sufficient quantity of clean water right at their home. They are able to go to work on time. Vijalakshmi, her husband, and children are so thankful to Water.org and SCOPE.
This project made possible by the PepsiCo Foundation.