Another 15 x 1,000L water tanks were purchased and delivered to different families in the Bulambuli district towards the end of 2020. This brings the total number of tanks purchased since the beginning of this project to 66 and, as you can see from the comment below, each tank has been a real blessing and encouragement to members:
This is what Sam said when he received his tank: “Because of this sickness, sometimes the body is very weak to go for water from the stream and it becomes hard to keep disturbing neighbours who are a bit far and especially when it has rained heavily, and sometimes we end up sleeping without food. But now that we have got this tank we do not need to ask for help from neighbours but instead, we will be of help to them because they will also be getting water from us. The attitude the community people had towards us has changed and even the stigma is going to reduce. They now look at us as very important people in this community Thank you UWCM and thank you donors”.
As from January 2021, our funding will now go towards a ‘revolving fund’ which will allow group members to borrow money to buy a tank which they then have to repay and that money would then be available to lend to another family. Although families will have to wait longer to receive a tank it means that this project is sustainable and more people, eventually, will own one of their own. UWCM have chosen to work with a cluster of groups who already have a good record of running savings schemes and will continue to monitor progress.