Mariri, Balama, Mozambique
The district of Balama is located approximately 270km west of Pemba, the capital city of Cabo Delgado Province. According to the 2017 census, the total population of Balama District is 190,479. The main source of income is agriculture. Many families rely on subsistence farming. Balama also has one of the major graphite deposits in Cabo Delgado which has attracted the extractive industry to the area. Some mining activities are currently going on in the district, which places pressure on already limited water supplies. Over half the population of Balama lives without access to potable water. Access to clean water for communities across Balama will dramatically help reduce pressure on residents and surrounding areas, and enable redirection of time into work and education.
This project was undertaken as part of our campaign of projects that actively reduce carbon emissions. This project helped the community save their much needed wood which was previously being burnt daily to boil water. This project has also eliminated the many thousands of hours previously spent on walking to collect water.