Case study: Delivering safe water on wheels
“When I received the bike, I was very happy. I’ve never had a bike before.” Raphael, Uganda
Raphael is a local water pump mechanic who maintains bore holes and pumps in this remote rural region of Uganda so that the communities around him can access clean, safe water. Before he received a bike, Raphael would have to walk miles to access the water sources and to buy spare parts from the local town, making his work slow and exhausting.
Now he has a bike, Raphael can reach the remotest boreholes so he can make sure they work properly. Cycling into town to buy spare parts and delivering them to the repair sites is much faster too, which means he can help far more people access clean water.
Not only is he now more efficient in his work, meaning that he can earn more money, but he also uses his bike to help sick people get to hospital and takes his children to school too. With his extra earnings, he also buys food for families who are struggling.
“I am grateful to CAFOD for enabling me to do my work as a handpump mechanic by providing me with tools and a bicycle,” he says.