Women bear the primary responsibility for water collection in 76% of households. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school.
In developing countries, women walk miles to fetch water for their families, carrying heavy burdens, waiting for hours and paying exorbitant prices. Often the water is contaminated, even deadly. The water crisis locks women in a cycle of poverty. They cannot attend school; they cannot earn an income.
With the support of Water.org, women are organizing their communities to support a well and take out small loans for household water connections.
The results are increased girls’ school attendance and reduced risk of sexual assault as women do not have spend hours going to remote places to get water. Women also acquire greater autonomy and independence and strengthen their voice to negotiate their own needs.
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