Water changes poverty.

Water changes gender equity.

Water changes education.

Water changes health.

Water changes everything.

Water changes everything.

We interviewed 1160 women in 4 different regions and 24 different villages of Tanzania. Each had participated in the Women’s Water Initiative and received a rainwater harvesting system and a family garden at their home. The median age of the systems was 4.1 years old. The women interviewed received their rainwater collection systems between 2012 and 2020. In total, 6500 systems have been built so far.

The demographic we interviewed varied in relationship to education. 51% of the women had only completed primary school. 32% never attended school, and 12% were dismissed from school completely before the 4th grade. They found commonality in the challenges of accessing clean water.

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PROBLEM: SACRIFICING EDUCATION

BEFORE: 89% of students fetch water for their families daily. 63% spent 7 to 16 hours searching each day, forcing them to sacrifice their education.

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SOLUTION: SOLIDIFYING THE FUTURE

AFTER: 95% of their children have a perfect attendance record at school. 96% haven’t been sick since their systems became operational.

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PROBLEM: GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

BEFORE: 69% of the women reported experiencing sexual violence while searching for water and 52% of those women had been violated six or more times.

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SOLUTION: STOPPING THE CYCLE

AFTER: 96% reported that they never had to leave home to search for water. Neither did their daughters, nor had they been victims of sexual assault.

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PROBLEM: HUNGER

BEFORE: 61% of the families reported food insecurity and hunger for a minimum of 2 weeks out of every month. 88% of mothers reduced their own food portion by more than half to feed their children.

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SOLUTION: FOOD SECURITY

AFTER: Today, with their garden and the constant food supply at home, 82% report that their children eat a minimum of 3 times per day. 97% report they are consuming green vegetables, legumes, and milk daily.

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PROBLEM: GENDER INEQUALITY

BEFORE: 90% permanently removed their daughters from school to help their families search for water.

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SOLUTION: FEMALE EQUITY

AFTER: 98% committed to continuing their daughter’s education and reinstated them in school.

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PROBLEM: WATER BORN ILLNESS

BEFORE: 74% of families were sick from water related illnesses, more than 1 week per month.

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SOLUTION: HEALTHY OPPORTUNITIES

AFTER: With clean water at home, 96.5% reported that no concerning illnesses lasted for more than a day.

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PROBLEM: POVERTY

BEFORE: Time lost searching for water left little for income-generating activities. As a result, 97% of families suffered significant challenges like paying for chool fees. Scarcity creates a generational cycle of poverty.

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SOLUTION: ABUNDANCE

AFTER: 91% now easily cover their cost of living and their children’s school fees. They reported doubling their livestock count and being capable of joining lending cooperatives in their village.

A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY

It only costs $15 to bring a child clean water and food security for the rest of their life and the life of their future offspring. 100% of public donation goes directly to projects.