Zenebech's story

When speaking with Zenebech about her family’s water tap - why they have one and how they got it - with focused eyes and earnest gratitude she shared, “I’m using this water now, but I know the pain before.” 

Zenebech in garden

Knowing the pain before is why we do what we do. It’s why Water.org works tirelessly in pursuit of our vision of safe water and sanitation for all. Now that her family is experiencing all that comes with access to safe water at home, she wants others in her village to experience it too. Zenebech told us, “I am telling others in my village to take a loan for water if they can. I don’t want them to suffer any longer. I want them to be healthy like my kids. I hope this service will be extended to others like me.”

Zenebech’s lives in a rural village a few hours south of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Among the other mud and thatch homes, Zenebech raises her six children with her husband. Abundant with herbs and produce her garden welcomes all who enter her property. Her colorful home and garden reflect the health and hope of her family thanks to the little pipe and faucet head that sit just feet from their front door. 

Zenebech and family

Before she received the small loan that funded this water connection, Zenebech and her children used to walk a total of two and a half hours a day to a stream to collect water. She said she ached every day. It took so much time and the water was heavy. She did not want her kids to be responsible for such a task, but they had no choice. The water they collected often hurt their stomachs and made them ill. Zenebech and her husband wanted to end the pain. 

I am telling others in my village to take a loan for water if they can. I don’t want them to suffer any longer.

Water.org partners with carefully selected financial institutions like Vision Fund in Ethiopia, so that Zenebech and her family have water today. With small, monthly payments from a portion of her husband’s income she will pay off her water connection in less than two years - and the water solution she and her husband gave their family will last long after the loan is repaid.

The pain Zenebech and her kids once knew is shared by 844 million people in the world today. It’s waking before dawn, to walk a long distance, to collect water in jugs that become heavy and difficult to haul the long distance home. It’s repeating this time-consuming, laborious task multiple times a day. It’s serving your children that water you collected not knowing whether if it will make them sick. It’s hoping for the day this isn’t your every day. It’s the pain of the global water crisis. By supporting Water.org you can help spread Zenebech's hope of safe water for all. Donate today.