Health and hope are flowing
Meet Namulondo. Caring doesn’t begin to describe this woman. She’s a hardworking health assistant at a local hospital and a loving single mom who has dedicated her life to caring for the lives of her children. Critical to all of her roles is safe water, and until recently, she did not have access to water at home.
Surrounded by native trees and wildflowers, Namulondo’s traditional mud-brick house offers a peaceful haven for her family. Though it lacked one basic necessity for many years. Without access to safe water, it was difficult for Namulondo to effectively manage her home, and almost impossible for her to care for her children - especially her handicapped son. She struggled daily to retrieve enough water to bathe him and launder his bedding before leaving for work. Her other children helped with this task, but she often preferred to collect water herself so they could make it to school on time.
More than half of the population of Uganda lack access to safe water at home. Burdened by the water crisis for far too long, Namulondo decided it was time to end it for her family. Thanks to our smart solution, Namulondo was empowered to do this.
We plugged into the existing financial system in Uganda, partnering with local institutions to add water and sanitation loans to their portfolios. Through our partner, Post Bank Uganda, Namulondo was able to take out a small loan to pay for a rain storage tank. This tank provides her family with enough water for several months. With each rainy season, her tank is refilled, and health and hope flow.
Burdened by the water crisis no more, Namulondo can care for her family well. And she can now afford to pay a neighbor to help care for her son while she works at the hospital. Thanks to your support, we are empowering hard-working moms like Namulondo with the financial solution needed to remove the obstacle standing between their families and a healthy, hopeful life.