Beyond the immediate benefits, the water system also enhanced the ability of farmers to make money in Geedabeera village. The well significantly alleviated some of the most dire impacts of drought, and according to Roda, who owns two cows, the increase in crop production that results from access to water means that, “the availability of food will be stable, insha’allah [God willing].”
Roda has also seen increased footfall in her tea shop since the installation of the water source. Positioned just yards from the water point, Roda’s shop is frequented by villagers and farmers from surrounding areas often take a tea break at before returning home.
The arrival of this new water point has been life-changing for not only Roda, but her children and the 5,000 other residents of Geedabeera village. No longer required to trek for hours to retrieve clean water, villagers have the freedom to drink, wash, clean and pursue a livelihood. Access to clean water is undoubtedly transformative, and as stressed in the 2030 Agenda, it is essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights.
Blog based on case study written by Saynab Mohamud and Erin Wolgamuth