February 20

Tanzania Economic Update: Universal Access to Water and Sanitation Could Transform Social and Economic Development

The completion of the new water supply scheme in Igamba village in Songwe district in southwestern Tanzania in December 2020, couldn’t have been more timely for 65 year old Matilda Kashilila. At the time, she was struggling with constant chest pains, even after completing her long course of tuberculosis treatment.

The water scheme was finished just as Mama Kashilila’s local savings society was disbursing its proceeds among members, and she immediately decided to use hers to connect her house to the water supply. “I am happy to be able to go through my days without chest pains or worrying about water,” she said. “Now, I can also water my vegetable garden.”

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Source: The World Bank (link opens in a new window)

employment, sanitation, skill development, water