The Indian village of Veeravalli has 56 women’s self-help groups with a combined total of 840 active members. The women engage in diverse activities such as pottery, agricultural buybacks and sari designing.
The community has a public water distribution center which is only open for four hours every day. Illnesses like diarrhea, gastroenteritis, viral hepatitis, enteric fever, and colds have seriously affected the community’s work productivity.
Understanding the benefits to their community of using safe water, women’s groups in Veeravalli came forward to take up distribution of WaterHealth water and registered 100 members.
Ms. Musunurri Aruna became one of those distributors. She was motivated to distribute WaterHealth water from her home, which is conveniently located on the main road. Every day a vehicle drops 50 20-liter cans of clean water at her home for resale every day. In addition to being a WaterHealth distributor, Ms. Aruna educates the community about the benefits of using safe water. She visits at least 10 houses every day to help educate her neighbors.
Ms. Aruna earns approximately Rs 1500 (US $32) monthly through this venture. She is pleased with the compensation, and is proud to protect her community from diseases caused by water.
Health Results for the Veeravalli Village
The community indicates the most common illnesses like diarrhea, the common cold and fever have decreased to a great extent over the past few months despite recent flooding in and around the village.