Quality water leads to quality time

Meet 34 years old Hum Kumari Thapa from Nepal.

Hum Kumari lives in Magare village, located in the hilly region of the Syangja District. Her family used to be dependent on selling livestock. They grow subsistence crops in a lowland field. The field has access to an irrigation canal, but it lies an hour away from the house. The family also owns an upland field nearer the house, but the lack of access to water had made it impossible for Hum Kumari to irrigate the land and grow any crops. The family struggled to save any money as their income from agriculture was low and erratic.

In March 2017 a solar-powered water pumping system was installed in the village. With water pumped by the system, Hum Kumari is now able to grow a variety of vegetable crops in her upland. Thanks to the crops she’s been growing, her household expenses have gone down because she doesn’t have to buy vegetables from the market anymore, and it has finally been possible to set up some family savings. Hum Kumari is looking forward to growing more in the next seasons and selling these vegetables at market to increase her family’s income.

Hum Kumari at her tap stand outside her family home

The increase in produce is also the result of time saved: Hum Kumari has saved more than two hours a day because she no longer needs to walk a long way to collect water. Before the installation of a tap stand outside her house, she sometimes had no choice but to send her children to collect water; something she felt very bad about. Now her children don’t need to disturb their studies in order to fetch water and they are no longer late for their school.

Hum Kumari said that access to water for drinking and irrigation has changed her and her family’s life. Most importantly, she is now able to spend quality time with her children and has been able to help them with their studies. Her family’s health and hygiene have been greatly improved, as well as the environment around her home following the access to water.