Improving Life In Uganda

Although Kalenzo has enjoyed many good things in life like marriage, fatherhood, and a good job, he has never experienced a safe, sanitary latrine at home. Read Kalenzo’s story…

Kalenzo Joseph is 64 years-old and a life-long resident of Kibujjo Village in the Wakiso District of Uganda. Although he has enjoyed many good things in life like marriage, fatherhood and a good job, he has never experienced a safe, sanitary latrine at home.

“I could not save enough money from selling the produce I grow in my garden to build a clean latrine at home,” Kalenzo lamented. “Now that Water.org and VAD Microfinance provided a reasonable loan for me to build a latrine it has improved my life.” Prior to the construction of Kalenzo’s toilet he and his family would defecate in the open after the sun set to avoid being seen.

Upon Water.org’s recent monitoring visit in Uganda Kalenzo proudly showed the facility to our team. He shared, “We can even relieve ourselves during the day.”

Kalenzo Joseph is among 24 clients who took out sanitation loans to improve or construct sanitation facilities in Wakiso District, Uganda.


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

Capital city: Kampala
Population of 35.9 million
9 million lack safe water
23.3 million have no sanitation services
Infant mortality rate of .3%
24.5% live in poverty

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