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Why Women In The Developing World Care About Water

Why women in the developing world care about water

With the anniversary of the 1918 Suffrage Act and reflecting on the progress our society has made in the last 100 years, it is worth recognising the problems women have in the developing world. The progress of gender equality varies between cultures, but in many communities women have emerged as drivers for business and education. However, one common issue that often holds back their progress is water.

Poor sanitation and a lack of clean water is an issue for everybody, but it seems to disproportionally affect women in the developing world.

Most of us take for granted that the water we drink will be safe and that we will have access to adequate sanitation and toilet facilities. But 25% of the world’s population doesn’t have access to clean water and 33% of the world doesn’t have access to toilets…… this affects the female half of the population more for these reasons:

The burden of collecting and carrying water usually falls on women
This will often be a daily, time consuming chore which impacts on the time they have for education, family or business. They don’t know if the water they collect is safe and the responsibility for caring for sick children and family will also fall on them.

It affects education
The water collection chore can also be carried out by the younger females and again, while they are carrying water, they are not being educated. Many schools do not have water or sanitation which can be a barrier to attendance, especially for the girls. When girls reach puberty, they need access to good sanitary and changing facilities. Many girls will drop out of school at this educationally critical stage.

The same problems affect women who want to enter the workplace. If they do not have water and toilet facilities, it makes life very difficult.

For everyone in the community, sanitation is so important for their health. If there is no water, there is no sanitation and people are forced to use the surrounding land. Contamination will inevitably, after the next fall of rain, find its way into the community water supply.


Moving the water closer to the community will solve many of these problems.

  • It will provide sanitation which will improve health
  • It will save time on carrying water, time which can be used for business and education
  • It will enable more children, especially girls, to get an education
  • It will help people set up businesses and farms which depend on water


So how can we move the water?

You can pump water in various ways but using a Zero Energy System has so many advantages to other pump systems:

A hand pump does not use electricity or fuel, but it requires the time and effort that was one of the main issues we are trying to eliminate.

An electric pump requires power lines or a generator which are costly, both in fuel and maintenance.

A diesel pump is expensive to fuel, requires a certain amount of manual operation and pollutes the environment.

A solar pump also requires electrical components and can often lack power.




The ideal solution is…

A PAPA PUMP can delivery water over long distances and to high elevations
without using electricity or fuel and is therefore ideal for remote and off grid communities. It runs 24/7 without attendance, is designed to last for many decades and is easily affordable to communities in the developing world.

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