A typical day for Mr. and Mrs. Thamaraiselvi used to include walking a kilometer to the local water source to get water for their family. While the walk was shorter than the average three kilometers many around the world walk to collect water, the wait in line for a turn to fill their vessels was robbing them of time. More than 100 families shared the single water source, thus the line and wait were long. The lost hours ate into the couple’s earnings as day laborers- if they were late to work, they were not paid.
As with many families in regions where access to water is limited, this unfortunate scenario is common. Women around the world lose more than 200 million potential work hours each day for the sake of collecting water.
Empowering Mr. and Mrs. Thamaraiselvi with a small loan would free them from this frustrating cycle and loss of income. For it is through Water.org’s WaterCredit program more than one million people have achieved access to safe water; freeing them to go on with their lives to the prosperity of their families and communities. Thanks to Water.org’s partners at Guardian, the Thamaraiselvi family learned about WaterCredit and the benefits of taking out a small loan to establish a tap at their home.
After meeting with a WaterCredit officer from Guardian, the family agreed to take out a loan and shortly after they had a water tap just outside their door. With water nearby and time back on their side, the couple could return to work and earn money for their family. Mr. and Mrs. Thamaraiselvi shared that this solution came at the perfect time, and they thanked the organizations for their help.
This story was made possible by a generous grant from the PepsiCo Foundation.
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