Cool water and growing businesses in Ola Nagele

Fresh water still flows in Ola Nagele

Fresh water still flows in Ola Nagele

I’m in central Kenya now.

The destructive tribal fighting here has been calm for several months, so it was safe to go out and visit each of the four villages we’ve been helping.

Ola Nagele is one of our villages that’s still on track and  applying our TCD training.

Despite the fighting, the 1.5 kilometer fresh water line and tank we helped them install is still working beautifully. The women of the village can still save hours of walking each day and get cool, refreshing water right in the village.

We gathered with the women early one morning:

Cool water on hot days

Cool water on hot days

Enough water for the whole family

Enough water for the whole family

With more time available, many of the women are now applying our income-generation lessons and starting businesses right in the village.

Fatuma and her mother Abdia started a tea, vegetables and charcoal shop. From the day they opened their shop, they increased the family income from about $1 per day to over $4 per day. And they are perfectly on track to pay back our small loan in less than the 6 months allotted.

Fatuma and Abdia's shop

Fatuma and Abdia in their shop

Another woman named Safia launched a shop where people can get their mobile phone charged while they buy simple supplies for their homes.

Safia's mobile charging and household supplies

Safia's mobile charging and household supplies

We’re thrilled for the steps that the village of Ola Nagele is taking to secure a different future for themselves and their children.

Thank you for your part in helping them!

 


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Written by Jeff Power

Jeff is the founder of Pangeo Coffee. He's been dedicated to full-time humanitarian development with poor villages in Africa, Asia and the Middle East since 2007. Follow Jeff's travels and work on his personal blog: Pangeo.us, and on twitter at @jeffpower.