It is fairly common to dream about what one could do if they were to say win the lottery, or get that job they had always wanted. For millions around the world, like Vimala and her husband Rangaraj, dreams about what they could do if they had access to water were things they discussed often. Rangaraj longed for a source close to home for drinking and maybe to grow a garden, while Vimala wished for the day she could bathe their children regularly and wash clothing.
Both Vimala and Rangaraj are agricultural laborers living in South India where they are raising their two children. Because they had no connection at home Vimala used to spend three hours per day retrieving water from the local source. The dozens of community members who shared the tap, including Vimala, were limited to two vessels each day; barely enough to drink and cook with, let alone bathe and do laundry.
The lack of access hindered this family and those around them. While the couple did earn an income, it was not enough to cover the full expense of constructing a tap at their home. Fortunately Vimala’s interest in finding a solution led her and Rangaraj to a self-help group headed up by Water.org’s partner, SCOPE. SCOPE explained the benefits of Water.org’s WaterCredit program, the loan amount and how the couple could repay it in affordable monthly installments. For Vimala this was the opportunity she had been searching for. “I immediately discussed it with my husband, who supported me on taking the loan,” said Vimala.
Within two weeks of learning about the program Vimala and Rangaraj’s dream for water at home came true. Vimala recalls her feelings after the project was complete, “It was a wonderful feeling to see clean water flow from our tap. I can proudly say we have what we need.”
This project was made possible by a generous grant from the Bank of America Foundation.