TEAM FT, Kilimanjaro.
SITE Remiti, southern Moshi, Tanzania.
Tanzania, especially in the rural areas, is challenged with poor access to clean water. Several households received a SolarBag to provide drinking water to a total of 114 individuals.
The community found the bags easy to use, and were assessed as being well trained by the coordinators. Part of the training success should be attributed to repeated reinforcement and retraining by a committed social worker fluent in the native language. On a scale of 1-5 (5 being best) training was assessed at 4-5.
SolarBag users enjoyed the aesthetics of the purified water. The overwhelming majority, 79%, said that water from the SolarBags tasted “good”. The other 21% were neutral on the question.
Participants were asked how often they got sick before and after use of the SolarBag. 16 of the participants noted reduced sickness while 3 noted no change. Responses to this question were infused with great enthusiasm. Community members were delighted and appreciative that they and their children suffered noticeably less from what they perceived to be water borne illnesses.