On a sunny morning in a small village just south of Mysore, Karnataka Rosalyn stands outside her front door, she appears peaceful as she watches her three-year-old daughter play. Little Varsat hops in and out of their neighbor's small herb garden; she’s laughing and smiling as if she hasn’t a care in the world. Days of carefree childhood play didn’t look the same for Rosalyn. Not until recently did Rosalyn have access to safe water and a toilet at home. Rosalyn was one of the young girls in India who spent up to six hours of her day, each day, collecting water.
Now married, in her twenties, and expecting her second child, Rosalyn finally has these basic needs available at home. Reflecting on when she was pregnant with Varsat, Rosalyn shared, "A woman needs clean water to drink for a healthy pregnancy. It is hard to not have these things."
Rosalyn’s water tap was given to her and her husband five years ago through Water.org’s partnership with ODP and a grant from the PepsiCo Foundation. Then, it was through Water.org and our partner organization, ODP, Rosalyn and her husband were offered the opportunity to take a small loan known as WaterCredit to construct their toilet. They did not hesitate to take the loan as they knew they could afford to build the toilet through monthly payments. Within less than three years they repaid their loan in full.
Now in confidence and good health, Rosalyn looks forward to April when baby number two is due. In the meantime, she will enjoy the moments she has – not collecting water or walking to find a safe place to relieve herself – but to watch her children grow, and laugh, and play.