While our food distribution program provides immediate relief to our borrowers who live in drought-stricken Kenya, it is clear that we need to also focus on providing longer-term solutions to water shortages. Even in rainy seasons, our women business owners and their daughters spend inordinate amounts of time collecting water from largely contaminated sources. Collection involves carrying as much water as possible over many miles, and requires daily trips. When the women are freed from this onerous task, they have more time to spend on their businesses and are thus more able to repay loans and focus on business growth.
A current story talks about one woman who has used her TVN loans to purchase a water tank for her home. Collection during rainy seasons will help the women prepare for the next drought; the lack of rain is predictable and should be approached as an ongoing challenge rather than an emergency situation.
The Village Net has partnered with Joy Bringers, a Seattle-based ministry, to leverage resources and provide water solutions on a larger scale. While Joy Bringers builds a school in Enkaroni Village, Kenya, The Village Net is contributing to the purchase of large water tanks that will serve the school and the community. This will help ease the water shortage until longer-term projects, such as piping water from a nearby waterfall into the village, can be implemented.
Our Global Giving donors have made a direct impact on the lives of women in our villages. Your support has
enabled them to improve the standard of living for their families in so many ways, and allowed them to not only continue working in their businesses, but to grow their businesses. You have helped build a foundation from which the women can continue to pull themselves and their families out of poverty, and you have given them the ability to achieve more for themselves than was ever anticipated. We are all so grateful for your concern and support!
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