From scarcity to abundance

Today, Selvi is extremely pleased with the construction of the water tap at her home. Now, she collects enough water for her family of five without any difficulty. They are now in control of their water future.

Mrs. Selvi, 45, lives in Komangalam, India, with her husband and three young sons. Her husband is an agricultural laborer. Selvi attends to their cows and goats. Their tiled house is on a small plot of dry land that leaves them in poor living conditions.

Selvi collects water each day from a public tap. While it’s a short walk to collect the water, it’s difficult to get a sufficient amount. She and her husband wanted to get their own household tap but didn’t have the money or know the best way to go about securing the funds.

But recently, an awareness meeting on water and sanitation was conducted in Selvi's village. At the meeting, the need for drinking clean water was explained by the health educator of Water.org’s local partner, SCOPE.

Selvi also learned about loan availability through WaterCredit to construct her own personal tap. She told her husband and neighbors about WaterCredit. Four other women she invited also qualified for the loan. Selvi and these four women formed into a Joint Liability Group (JLG) and were able to take out loans in accountability to one another.

After this, the water deposit amount was paid and the materials were purchased to complete a pipeline. The coordinator, health educator and local plumber helped in the construction of the water points. Today, Selvi is extremely pleased with the construction of the water tap at her home!

Now, she collects enough water for her family without any difficulty. She also has started to repay her loan. And she is extremely thankful for the help that Water.org and SCOPE have given to her.

Capital: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
77 million lack access to safe water
769 million lack access to improved sanitation
59% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day
India