Women are bearing more of the burden of lack of water among the world’s poor who are dependent on rain-fed agriculture. Women are responsible for securing water for domestic use, spending hours fetching water for their families. Water from distant sources is rarely enough to meet the needs of the household and is often contaminated. Women and girls also pay the heaviest price for poor sanitation.
KWDT trained women masons in the community in the skills rainwater harvesting and building water tanks. They also trained them to start up kitchen gardens to supply vegetables to the homes. So far, 204 rainwater-harvesting tanks have been constructed in 204 households providing water at household level, and more are still being constructed.
With access to water in the household, women can now establish kitchen gardens and rear more animals and benefit from increased production of milk, providing adequate milk to sell to raise incomes and reserve 1 litre per family for home consumption for families of 7-8 members.
Cowdung gives organic manure to utilise in the vegetable gardens enhancing productivity.