Rwanda: Unilever provides clean water to improve the health and well-being of communities, especially women and children

Author: Michel Nkurunziza, The New Times (Rwanda), Published on: 21 January 2019

"Featured: Uniliver’s project supplies clean water to 10,000 residents in Nyaruguru district " 21 January 2019

Unilever...has launched a community- based social project that is supplying clean water to over 10,000 beneficiaries...Unilever operates in more than 190 countries and makes and sells around 400 brands that are used by 2.5 billion people daily around the world... 

According to Kelvin Kuria, Country Director of Unilever Rwanda, four Sunlight water centers have been launched after being constructed at a cost of $50,000...The Sunlight water centers have tap water, clean pumped water, and a retail kiosk selling household items, owned and managed by a local entrepreneur...

Water and sanitation support is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 6, to achieve universal access to clean water and sanitation. “The project shows our commitment to improve the health and well-being of society, especially women and children. We hope to keep the children in school by saving them from spending 2 hours every day fetching water as well as help their mothers to be more productive at home. We thank Nyaruguru district for allowing us to work in the local community to realize our shared vision,” Kuria said...

Globally, women and girls are responsible for 75 per cent of water collection and spend around 40 hours every month collecting water from distant water sources...

...the Mayor of Nyaruguru district, said that Unilever support is a timely intervention in implementing Rwanda’s vision and the district’s goal to increase water access.

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