Water for Matthews' family

Matthews and Butukan live in a semi-rural village outside of Sodo, Ethiopia. The couple built their mud and thatch home a couple of years ago, before their daughter was born. Once the house was built, Matthews could check off his young family’s need for shelter however, he knew they still needed access to water at home. “But how?” Matthews wondered. He and Butukan were just starting a family. To pay for a water connection and tap all at once was out of their budget. So for a time, Matthews and Butukan continued life as their parents had done – while Matthews herded sheep to sell, Butukan collected water.

Butukan planting

The water Butukan collected was from a kiosk about a mile from their house. It cost a little more than one cent per liter. For some, this seems inexpensive. However, when you live on less than $3 a day, paying that much for what fills a single fast-food beverage cup is expensive. It added up quickly for Matthews and Butukan as they required dozens of liters of water for drinking, bathing, laundry, cooking, and washing dishes.

Butukan and Matthews tap

Matthews learned about the opportunity Water.org made possible for his village through his local bank. In partnership with Water.org, Matthews’ bank offers small, affordable loans for water connections and toilets. The amount Matthews and Butukan paid for water at the kiosk far exceeded what could be payments toward a long-term water solution in their home. Matthews decided financing a water connection was the answer to his question.

Matthews and Butukan's daughter

With their baby’s arrival fast-approaching, Matthews and Butukan used the loan to connect to their local water line and bring water to their property. With a smile Butukan shared, “Now I can keep our home and our baby clean. I can water our garden and grow banana trees to sell the fruit. I even sell water to some of my neighbors to help pay for the loan. Most of all, I am free from the daily labor of carrying water.”

Water.org’s programs in Ethiopia are empowering families like Matthews and Butukan’s with access to safe water and sanitation. With your support, more husbands and fathers like Matthews can confidently give their families water at home. Donate to Water.org today.

Matthews's village