Vanishree and her family live in a village in the Gadag district of Karnataka, India. Her family depends on their work in agriculture to sustain them. Three years ago Vanishree recognized their drinking water supply as very unsafe. Additionally, there was a shortage of water because the bore wells in the village had become dry, and if they could extract any water from them, it was unfit for consumption.
To learn more about solutions to her family’s water issues Vanishree joined the Nagalingeshwara Self Help Group sponsored by Water.org’s partner, SKDRDP. The SHG worked to improve their community through encouraging the members to practice better hygiene as well as to consider solutions for getting clean water. Through her participation in this group Vanishree learned that a solution to raise the level of water at her home, and also make it more suitable for drinking, was by harvesting rain to recharge the bore well.
Vanishree took a loan of Rs 10,000 (166 USD) and installed a system to harvest the rain and use it for recharging at her house. She is confident that within one or two years, the well will be recharged and it will yield good drinking water. She is happy that she has made an effort to recharge the well through Water.org’s WaterCredit program.
After the completion of the project, Vanishree shared, "We are lucky to be a part of this group. Now we are really happy and using the rain water harvesting structure. I appreciate Water.org’s efforts to help bring these solutions to our community."
This success story was made possible by a generous grant from the PepsiCo Foundation.