Many women live in areas with no water access, where they or their daughters walk an average of 2 hours each way to collect water from a valley creek or hand-dug well. The water source may be contaminated by run-off from latrines, farms, and livestock. Collecting water from remote places leaves women and girls vulnerable to opportunistic sexual violence and reduces time for economic pursuit or school attendance and the disabled may face sexual exploitation by men in exchange for water delivery.
Through our training, vulnerable women, including single mothers, war widows, those with HIV, and/or with little to no education, can heal from trauma, develop as compassionate leaders, and design, construct, and implement their own sustainable water enterprises that serve 3,500 people. They demonstrate their value to their community, generate resources for their family, use profits from the sale of water to serve the needs of women and children, and become role models to other women and girls.
Global Grassroots' water ventures serve 3,500 people with safe, clean water. No longer spending 4-6 hours a day collecting water, women have time for income-generating activities and girls can attend school, both helping to end the cycle of poverty. Water-borne illness is reduced so fewer children get sick. Women have the confidence and compassion to lead their communities, address other social issues as needed, and prove to their villages and themselves that they - and their ideas - have value.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).