Loan buys family time

With the encouragement of a local self-help group, Mrs. Laxmi has gained the confidence to take out a loan for a water tap at her home. Little did she know how much her whole family would benefit.

Mrs. Laxmi Babu lives with her husband and son in Puthirankottai, a rural village in Tamil Nadu, India. Babu is a member of a women’s self-help group and recently took out a $70 loan to build a water connection at her house.

Prior to the water connection, Babu and her husband spent 90 minutes each day collecting water from a public tap. The water only came on one or two times per day, so Babu and her husband would have to wait in long lines with other women from the village to collect water.

“Each day I collected the water in pots and my husband carried the water to our home. This was the regular practice for my family. Now water is at my home and I am the owner of my water connection,” said Babu proudly.

She added, “I can use my extra time with my family. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. This loan is not a big amount, and the health training has created an awareness that allows me to take immediate action. Now I understand the importance of a household water connection and safe drinking water.”

Babu reports that her family is much more comfortable and has a much easier life without the burden of collecting water. Babu easily washes clothes and family members take baths in their house. “Every day now, I am very happy because we are getting the water at my home. Before my husband was so worried that he had to collect water with all of the women, but now he does not have to worry about that.”

This success story was submitted by partner organization Hand in Hand, made possible by the generous grant by the PepsiCo Foundation.

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