Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change

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Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
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Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change
Help Vulnerable Women Become Leaders of Change

Project Report | Jun 8, 2018
Team Unite: Jali is transforming their community at the grassroots level

By Kathleen P Mahoney | Fundraising and Communications Coordinator

Strong women (and a few good men) lead Unite: Jali
Strong women (and a few good men) lead Unite: Jali

In their first full year of providing safe access to clean water to their Rwandan commuity, Team Unite: Jali has achieved some significant goals set during their venture development phase. More than 1,125 people have attended their workshops, dramas, and sensitizations that focus on family planning, sharing household tasks, women’s economic empowerment, and water hygiene. Further, 26 vulnerable women receive free water (two jerrycans/day) including one especially impoverished family, a widow with four children, two of whom are disabled. The widow was grateful for the water for her family then asked the team for the waste water– the extra water that would splash onto the ground below the taps when people were filling their jerry cans at the water point in the village. Now she captures that water, using it to water her tomato plants. She was able to sell her bounty of tomatoes, reinvesting the revenue in more plants and purchasing two goats, one of which has already produced three kids - and the widow is still farming her tomatoes. Unite: Jali’s water point has completely transformed the life of this once-destitute family. 

Other Unite achievements include:  

  • 91% of the villages they serve have easy access to their clean water. However, 2 villages are still walking up to 30 minutes to collect water from their access point.
  • There has been an 8% reduction in school dropouts.
  • 37% of men now collect water compared to 13% at the start of the venture.
  • 53% of men now share household tasks, up from 20%.
  • There has been a reduction in family conflict and domestic violence by 30%.
  • 123 women have joined saving groups.
  • After one year, 58 of 180 households are using birth control.
  • There has been a 56% increase in households treating their water.

While thrilled by what they have accomplished over the last year, Unite: Jali is also already looking toward the future. They want to expand their operations to further reduce the distance that women in the two villages, mentioned above, must travel to collect water. They also are pursuing full ownership of the land on which their water point stands (which is currently leased) and are in negotiation with the land owner and the local land officer to do so. They feel that is the best way for them to protect their investment in their equipment.

Global Grassroots is committed to helping more women-led water teams just like Unite: Jali bring clean water access and social transformation programs to their post-conflict communities through our Academy for Conscious Change. Please consider becoming a recurring donor through GlobalGiving - and accept our deepest thanks for your generosity.

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