Patricia Lapukeni, 31 lives in Jekemu in the Mchinji district of Malawi with her husband and two sons. Before Pump Aid installed an Elephant Pump in her village her only water source was an unprotected shallow well served by a rope and bucket that was often polluted by dead frogs and snakes.
Because of this the water was foul smelling, useless for cooking and was undrinkable. Patricia was forced to draw water from another open well, involving a half-hour journey.
Diarrhoea, stomach pains and trachoma were common complaints in the village, so when Pump Aid suggested installing an Elephant Pump – the community got together to dig a new well.
We never thought that one day we would have a source of clean drinking water. Now more time is spent on other productive activities like selling cakes at the local market. Before the pump I would leave my business to come home to draw water before it was late. Now I can sell at the market till sunset.
It is mainly women in the community who are responsible for the collection of water and often there were large queues causing quarrels and frustration. Patricia tells us that since the installation of the Elephant Pump that her husband now:
…gathers more water than I do!
So, more cakes, less arguments, and safer cleaner water, Patricia – you’re welcome!