WHY WASH MATTERS

Employment and economy

As The World Bank puts it, “economic growth is a thirsty business”.
Convenient, affordable access to water and clean toilets makes it easier for people – especially women – to work and earn a living. It means that less time is spent queuing, walking to purchase water or visiting a shared toilet, while better WASH services result in fewer days lost to illness, fuelling economic growth.

There are also many jobs created by the water and sanitation sector, but they are not always good quality jobs. Often pit latrine emptiers are poorly-paid and work in disgusting, dangerous conditions without proper protection. We work with latrine-emptying businesses across all our countries to improve conditions for workers, reduce their risks, and improve their pay and dignity.

WSUP also supports other forms of direct and indirect job creation and economic empowerment within low-income communities, including through the construction of new latrines, staffing of water kiosks and communal laundry blocks and the ongoing maintenance of facilities.

CASE STUDY

Custódio Alfredo Nhacuongue, Mozambique

“Now we don’t need to go anywhere to get water, we just have it here. It makes our work a lot easier.”

Custódio Alfredo Nhacuongue owns a small bricklayer business in the area of Kongoloti – 1⁰ de Maio, something which would not be possible without access to water.
“I have been running this business for five years. We work every day except Sundays,” he says. “Before this water project [implemented by WSUP], we did get water from a private operator, but far from here. It was both difficult and costly to transport the water.”

Kongoloti – 1⁰ de Maio is a neighbourhood in the Matola municipality, the capital of the Maputo province, Mozambique. Many residents in the area build their own homes, a common practice in Mozambique, as most don’t have the means to buy a prefabricated home or pay for a building contractor. As a result, Custódio sells his products to a growing number of people in the area.

His production at the necessary level would not be possible without a water storage facility in the vicinity. “Now we don’t need to go anywhere to get water, we just have it here. It makes our work a lot easier.”