A brighter future for family business
story Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Caring for farming or managing a business to provide for one’s family requires both time and good health. Salome and David live in two separate households in the village Kamwathu, Tharaka District in Kenya. The two individuals differ in age and family situation. Still, they face similar problems caused by the bad quality of water in the nearby river.
Salome is 25 years old and lives with her parents and her two-year-old brother. Her family, as well as many others in the community, used to drink and use raw water from the lake which has caused severe sickness. To constantly suffer from illness has been expensive due to the lost time needed for taking care of their land for income. The family’s economic situation has prevented Salome from continuing her studies, as the family couldn’t afford to pay for her education. Instead, she helps her parents with their farming and takes care of her younger brother.
The same reason has prevented David from making a profit out of his business in the Gacorooni shopping center, where he runs a small shop. He has spent much time worrying and taking care of himself, his wife and their two children in times of sickness instead of keeping his business running.
I encourage all other community members to start using Solvatten, as it improves both health and economic status.
Thanks to my children’s improved health I can focus on my business to support my family!