Genet tells us, “The area is clean. There is no open defecation and odor anymore. The people are healthy and have no diseases.” Before, Genet used to fetch water from a water tap that was 4 miles away. She would go three times a week with her oldest son to get water which was very difficult. Not only did she have to walk 8 miles back and forth, but the jerrycans filled with water were very heavy and they couldn’t afford transportation to help carry them back. Genet tells us, “I wanted my boys to go to university, so I knew I needed change. The opportunity to work at the facility changed my life completely.”
“I’m very happy with this work and have a better day to day routine. This job has made a huge impact on my life and on the community,” she continues. As a member of the WASH committee, she feels very proud because she used to sit at home as a housewife and didn’t feel important enough to participate in any community meetings. She and the other women in the WASH committee now meet once a week to discuss the business and anything that needs improvements. They also discuss personal issues, creating a network of support for Genet that she previously did not have.
Genet’s goal now is to grow in her position and as a person in her community. She would like to engage in more town hall meetings and would like to educate more children about clean water, how to prevent diseases, and to live a healthy life.