Meet Shakila. She and her husband, Pitchamuthu, live in a rural village in South India. After finishing his college degree and marrying Shakila it was not Pitchamuthu’s plan to live with family, however work was difficult to find so the couple moved in with his aunt and uncle to work for their livestock business.
Because they raise many goats and cows, the family required water for themselves and for the animals. During rainy seasons it was easier to care for the livestock as canals and ponds were full of water, but during the dry months, the family struggled. Shakila and her aunt would collect water from the public tap and hand pumps. They spent 3-4 hours daily to carry 40 pots of water home.
One day Shakila met representatives from Water.org’s partner, SCOPE. They explained the benefits of taking out a small loan to establish a tap at Shakila’s home. She shared this program with her husband and his family. Together they agreed this would benefit them and the livestock, so the family took out a WaterCredit loan. The amount was small enough that they could easily repay it in monthly installments.
Soon construction was complete and the family had access to water on their property. Thrilled with the benefits of running water, they now plan to purchase a storage tank for holding extra water as reserves. Shakila shared that this was one of the best things that could have ever happened to her.
This project was made possible by a generous grant from the Bank of America Foundation.