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    Helping Kyangwali's waterboys grow their business

    Day 269

    WATER! Get Your Clean Water!

    We have just a couple of days left in Kyangwali refugee settlement, and we wanted to spend today helping a group of young people who’ve already taken initiative to change their lives.

    These young men are running a water business in Kyangwali. There are some restaurants, guesthouses and residents who pay these boys to collect water for them from the settlement’s water points and deliver it to their doors. The boys have a small wheelbarrow they use for the job that can carry about 3 jerricans of water. While they’re at it, they also collect water for elderly residents or people who can’t manage to get water for themselves.

    They wanted to grow their business and do more for their community. So, on Day 269 we helped them build their capacity…with a new water cart.

    We commissioned welders in Kyangwali to construct a new water cart that would more than triple the amount of water the waterboys could transport. Now they can carry 12 jerricans at one time (at any given time, they plan to carry 10 cans for their customers and 2 cans for community members who need assistance). The time and energy they need to run their business has reduced considerably.

    “We want to keep growing our business,” they told us. “We want to be able to get more carts and more customers!”

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