byNiels Lenderink via web
The project region is currently experiencing rains as it is the rainy season in most parts of Uganda. For all the Entrepreneurs, they say they have less customers for water since most of them harvest water at home. However, the Entrepreneurs are happy because they are receiving water for storage and will sell as the rains become lesser and lesser. Increased sales are expected during the dry season. They use water stored in the first flush device for their domestic chores and store the water in the main reservoir for business.
We received the 1st and 2nd loan reimbursements in April. The 3rd and 4th reimbursements are expected in May 2017. All the Entrepreneurs receive reminders from URWA through phone calls.
URWA’s focus was initially placed entirely on rain water harvesting, collection and re-use, but, today, it goes well beyond the selling of rain water. We encourage entrepreneurs to re-use the rain water for production, and sanitation improvement. Existing surface water and groundwater resources are being depleted. Already, there are places in Uganda that are experiencing shortages because demands are greater than available supplies. Rainwater harvesting therefore provides us an opportunity to conserve and extend our existing resources.
There so much interest of late in rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvesting is enjoying a revival in popularity. We continue to spread the self- supply gospel to members who are requesting for water tanks of smaller capacities on loan. Most of them want the tanks for their domestic chores.
We continuously interact with entrepreneurs to ensure best practices of operation and maintenance, client satisfaction issues, and aspects of the safe water chain. Monthly monitoring is ongoing. The entrepreneurs report any issues that come up regarding the business.
A lesson drawn during this period is that not all plans flow as well as you had drawn them. There are ups and downs in project implementation and these require going back to the drawing board to develop appropriate strategies.
Otherwise, the project is running well, and both the entrepreneurs and beneficiaries are happy. We have been approached by some leaders on issues of scale up and replication. As earlier mentioned, these will require smart strategies jointly drawn by all stakeholders.