Women Tackle Household Drinking Water in Rural Kenya.
Updated: Apr 10
“I can now carry my own bottled water when I go to public places and travel.”
Approximately 1.8 billion people in the world consume contaminated water, potentially containing diarrhea-causing pathogens and presenting a threat to the development and health of the global community. Diarrheal disease disproportionately causes high levels of deaths in low-income countries, with rural communities being particularly vulnerable. Women have a high stake in safe water access and are well placed to play major roles in household water provisioning; thus, it is recognized that their involvement in water projects can make such initiatives more effective. However, this requires better access to credit and an improved knowledge-base for safe water.
This paper discusses the experience of a group of women in a rural community in Kisumu County in western Kenya, in using group support for microfinance to purchase biosand filters for improved drinking water.