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Q&A: Life after the elephant pump

Posted on: July 9, 2015
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Interviewee: Tawanda Tsuro Age: 39

How many people live in your household?
13 people: 6 adults 4 boys and 3 girls.

What did you use before an elephant pump was installed in your community?
We used to get water from the open well. Then we had to dig a well in which we were getting the water using the bucket and rope method.

How long did it take you to get to your previous water source? What was the journey like?
It would take us around ten minutes to get to our previous water source. The well is situated around the yard area, however at night it is difficult to access water as there is no lighting around the house and it could often be dangerous.

Has the installation of the elephant pump made a difference to your life, community, family?
There has been a great difference when the elephant pump was installed since we are now accessing clean water with much ease. We can now grow fresh vegetables from our flourishing garden. Time taken to water the garden has been significantly reduced which also means children have more time to do their homework before it gets dark. Since the establishment of the Elephant pump kids have been able to talk with their elders before it’s late.

Talk us through your daily domestic routine and how the elephant pump is used.
We do watering of the garden early in the morning, then watering of livestock like chickens and goats, cleaning of the toilet and washing of plates. The water used to perform all these chores is now easy to fetch and is a lot cleaner. Water can also be used again and again, like the water used to clean my dishes can then be used to water the plants.

What do you think of Pump Aid and how the organisation works with communities?
Pump Aid  engages with the communities from the beginning to the end and they encourage communities to take a leading role in the project, this also leads to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the technology and its impact. Life has really improved since the beginning of clean water.

Fresh Vegetables

Watering the garden