Imagine gaining two hours back in your day.
Feroza lives in Khadun. Her husband sells goods from a street stall to make a very modest living. Feroza must keep her family clean and fed on a very small budget. She spends two hours every day just collecting water. There is no water source at their compound, where five families live in close quarters, so she walks to a nearby water source and stands in line. Feroza reports that her family pays 500 taka (about $6 USD) a month for drinking and cooking water. For bathing and washing clothes and dishes, they use highly contaminated water from a nearby pond, containing sewage and industrial waste. All the families in their compound report frequent bouts of illness, resulting in additional medical expenses.
Feroza, pictured above, collecting water in the compound where she lives.
Feroza and her neighbors learned about *DSK’s program to build water systems and toilets with funding support from Water1st. They quickly decided to participate and now they have a water system that provides clean water 24 hours a day through taps located throughout the compound in locations where water is needed (kitchen, bathing area, toilet, etc). The time and labor needed to collect water has been entirely eliminated. Not only is the water cleaner, but is now used for all household purposes. They spend less per month on water than before and are also much healthier, requiring less medical attention and lending to increased productivity both in time and savings.
*Water1st employs their on-the-ground partner, DSK, to work with local communities to implement water systems in Bangladesh. DSK’s work is all loan-based, meaning the community bears the full cost of the project as well as any physical improvement to their compound and its infrastructure. DSK recovers about 98% of the projected loan repayments, allowing them to complete almost twice as many projects each year.