Chinnama lives with her husband, two children and mother-in-law in a remote village in Karnataka, a state in South West India. For about 20 years, Chinnama’s husband has worked in a stone quarry factory. While he worked, her days were spent doing domestic chores, like the time consuming task of collecting water.
Through Water.org’s WaterCredit program Chinnama’s family now has a water connection, in their home, for the first time. Prior to this, she had no choice but to stand in line, and wait for hours to collect water from the only available water source. This is a common problem faced by women in her community.
“I have an exclusive water connection now. I don’t have to worry about waiting in line, or timing my days around when water might be delivered. Now, when I need water, since I have the tap in my own house, I don’t have to waste time,” says Chinnama.
Chinnama and her husband spent about 5000 rupees for the construction of their tap, and of that borrowed 2000 rupees (US$32.00) from the WaterCredit program. Chinnama recollects, “Initially, I was hesitant as this was a loan and we were already in debt. But the amount was small and we knew we could repay it in easy monthly installments. So, we decided to get the loan and build the water point. It was the right decision.”
This success story was made possible by a generous grant from the Caterpillar Foundation.