Project Partners: Rural Urban Development Initiative, Tanzania
Location: Shinyanga & Ruvuma Regions, Tanzania
In Tanzania’s Shinyanga and Ruvuma regions, climate change is increasing aridity, reducing the amount of water available for drinking and farming. Many farmers access groundwater, which can be less prone to climate change impacts and evaporation losses. However, groundwater often contains infectious bacteria and viruses, making safe drinking water essential for farmers to stay healthy and productive.
To address this challenge, RUDI Tanzania and 4Life Solutions have partnered to launch the RUDI Water Project. The project is working with 20 cooperatives in 6 districts between Shinyanga and Ruvuma regions, targeting small-scale and low-income farmers.
The project aims to reduce the risk of exposure to waterborne diseases by improving access to microbial-safe water and water storage. It also aims to decrease user dependency on wood fuel for boiling water and reduce the time and risk associated with collecting wood fuel for boiling water.
As part of the project, 10,000 SaWa Bags will be distributed to small-scale and low-income farmers in the districts. The project also aims to establish a sustainable SaWa distribution model with RUDI, targeting small-scale farmers through co-operatives. The project is a carbon credit project, delivering on multiple United Nations SDGs, including SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 13: Climate Action.
The pilot project is well underway and is on track to meet its objectives. As the project progresses, different models of cooperative engagement will be tested, and the project’s impact will be monitored and evaluated. The project’s success will significantly affect the health and well-being of the farmers in the area and their families, as well as helping to reduce their environmental impact. By working together, RUDI Tanzania and 4Life Solutions are making a difference in the fight for clean water and a sustainable future for all.