bob® Brings Safe and Clean Water to Ugandan Doorsteps
“bob® is a perfect tank for people like me who don’t have enough money to build large cement tanks for collecting a lot of water at home,” explains Mama Lausa.
Mama Lausa, as she is popularly known in Katwe, Uganda, runs a small corner store providing charcoal, firewood, home made juices and teas among other things--and during the rainy season: water. However, her only access to water was from a nearby dam. In a country where most people live on less than $1 a day, she would have to spend just less than $1 a day for unclean water. This forced her to prepare her juices and teas with unclean water, hurting sales and possibly making people sick.
After Mama Lausa purchased bob®, the domestic rainwater harvesting bag developed by Relief International’s EnterpriseWorks division, things began to change. Not only is she now able to provide clean water for her family and her business in the convenience of her home, but the extra water that bob® provides allows her to sell the surplus as extra income.
“When we have rain at least two times a week, I sell 8 jerricans (5 gallons per jerrican) of water per day at 25 cents each, giving me a total of $2 per day. Then, when we have more than a week without rain, I stop selling the extra water but instead keep it for my business,” explains Mama Lausa.
With bob® Mama Lausa was able to gain access to clean water so that her juices and teas will now be safe for her customers to drink. Also, bob® gave her the opportunity to earn extra income to help support her family. Best of all, she purchased bob® in the local market, on her own, and at a price she can afford.
To learn more about bob®, the domestic rainwater harvesting bag developed by Relief International’s EnterpriseWorks division, please click HERE.