On the border of Peru and Ecuador, Moses and Dora proudly call a series of small garage-like buildings home. It’s also where this entrepreneurial couple proudly sells tires, oil, and a selection of grocery items like rice and ground corn. Moses and the couple’s son even service vehicles. The only thing missing from the home they loved was easy access to safe water and sanitation.
They lived too far from the city to get water from the Chica River, and therefore had to purchase it from water vendors, often using more than 10% of their daily income just to purchase enough water for that day. In addition to paying a high price for water, the couple and their children had no toilet or bathroom, so they used a hole in the ground surrounded by tarps for privacy.
The lack of these basic resources can take a toll on a family’s time, finances, and health. Water.org created WaterCredit because we discovered the best way to help people like Dora and Moses is to help them get access to small, affordable loans.
While the couple were unable to pay for a water connection and construct a bathroom all at once, they made enough money to finance their solutions monthly. Their loan will be fully repaid in less than two years, but the water will keep flowing long after that.
Give to Water.org, and give water credit for turning low monthly payments into years of productivity for a family of entrepreneurs.
This story was made possible by a generous grant from the Caterpillar Foundation.