Mrs. Theivakanni always struggled with having an adequate supply of safe water. For her family, their time was focused less on earning money and getting an education, and more on walking to collect water.
Often times her children were late for school because they were busy getting water to survive. This became a problem. So much that because her younger daughter was four hours late for school one day, the teacher made her stand outside of the class for half the day. It was not the first time the young child was punished for being late. This embarrassed the child, and led a frustrated mother to seek out assistance.
In looking for help, a family member told Mrs. Theivakanni about Water.org and partner organization Guardian who offer microfinance loans uniquely for water and sanitation solutions. Mrs. Theivakanni gladly took out a WaterCredit loan through the program for a water connection to her home. Now her family is very happy with the time they have gained given they have a water connection right outside their door.
This success story was made possible by a generous grant from the PepsiCo Foundation.