Hello Hello Saha Supporters!
Morganne here, reporting from a very rainy Tamale! The rains waited until the Summer Global Leadership Program finished to really get started, but now rainy season is in full swing! With the help of our #sahydrated Field Reps, we opened 10 new water businesses in June! Our monitoring team has been working hard to get to all 110 villages, even through some very wet and muddy terrain!
The rainy season is generally a time for slower sales at Saha water centers, because many people opt to collect rainwater off of their tin roofs. Saha understands the lure for free clean water, we just make sure to test those rainwater samples to make sure they are safe to drink! The rains can also make actually getting to water centers, and even villages, challenging when the roads flood. Our monitoring staff do their best but also make smart decisions so they don’t get stuck in the mud!
Here are the latest reports from the newest Saha communities:
|Villages||Full-time Monitor||How’s it going?||Center Status||Household Visits||Lab Samples|
|Darvoguyili||Eric, he visited on August 2nd||Abida said they treated water five days ago and a few people are still coming to buy water even with so much rainfall they’ve had recently.||The Polytank was more than ½ full and 3 drums were empty.||5 out of 6 households had water in their safe storage containers. 3 of them had Polytank water, the other 2 had rainwater.||The Polytank and two household samples came back clear and clean!|
|Gbunja||Eric, he visited July 31st||All of the women had left to farm when he arrived, so Eric spoke to the Chairman. He said the cener is open at anytime for anyone who needs to buy water, and the women have been treating water consistently.||The Polytank was ¼ full and 3 drums were empty.||4 households had Polytank water in their safe storage container, 1 had rainwater, and 1 was empty.||The Polytank and household sample of Polytank water came back clean!|
|Kpachaa||Shak, he visited August 3rd||He wasn’t able to meet any of the women, but spoke to Sana’s daughter who said sales have been okay with all of the rain.||The Polytank was more than ½ full and drums were all full and settled with alum.||Shak decided to do extra household visits because the entrepreneurs were out at farm. Out of the 10 households he visited, 8 had rainwater and 2 were empty.||The Polytank sample was clean!|
|Lambo||Wahab, he visited on August 4th||Fusheina explained that sales are low because the rainfall flooded the path to the center and people have been collecting rainwater. As soon as the path starts to dry a bit they will move the center to town so people can buy water!||Wahab couldn’t get to the center on his moto, but Fusheina said the Polytank is ½ full and drums are all full and settled with alum. They are ready to treat!||He did not do household visits today as many people had already left for the farm.||No lab samples were taken today. The last Polytank sample came back clean!|
|Larigbani||Eric, he visited on August 3rd||Adamu said sales were going well, and Eric saw 14 people come fill their containers while he was there!||The Polytank was ½ full and 3 drums were full and settled with alum.||Of the 6 Eric visited, 3 households had Polytank water in their safe storage containers, and 3 were empty.||The Polytank and household samples came back clean!|
|Nakpanzoo||Shak, he visited on August 2nd||Sana said that sales are still low because the rain has been falling a lot recently, but people still come to buy water when they run out.||The Polytank was more than ½ full and 3 drums were full and settled with alum.||All 6 households had water in their safe storage containers. 1 had Polytank water, the other 5 had rainwater.||The Polytank sample came back clean!|
|Sahani||Peter, he visited on August 3rd||When Peter was there, Aishetu talked about lower sales because the rain had been very heavy the past few days.||The Polytank was ½ full and the drums were all empty.||Peter visited 6 households, and 4 of them had water in their safe storage containers. 1 had Polytank water and 3 had rainwater.||The Polytank and household samples came back clean!|
|Suri||Wahab, but Peter went to check on his team’s community on August 4th||Aishetu said sales are low when the rain is very heavy but people still come to buy water once the rain stops for a few days.||The Polytank was more than ½ full and drums were all empty.||2 out of the 6 households had Polytank water in their safe storage containers. 3 had rainwater and 1 was empty.||The Polytank and household samples all came back clean!|
|Tingpanglanyili||Amin, he visited on July 31st||Amina said that although sales have decreased because of the rain some people still come to fill at the polytank||Polytank is ½ full and 3 drums are full and settled with alum||3 households had Polytank water in their safe storage containers, 2 had rainwater, and 1 was empty.||Most household samples came back clean. Amin spoke to Hadunayili, whose sample came back with E.coli, about how to safely collect rainwater.|
|Vene||Amin, he visited on July 31st||Sales have been slow due to the recent rainfall, but Azaratu said she makes sure to keep water in the Polytank so people can always buy if they need it!||Polytank is more than ½ full and 3 drums were full and settled with alum.||6 out of 6 households had water in their safe storage containers. 1 had Polytank water, the other 5 had rainwater.||The Polytank sample came out clean.! A few of the rainwater households had E.coli so Amin went back to tell them to dump that dirty water and clean their bucket!|
The monitoring team is watching these communities closely and will be sure to help them with the seasonal transition after the rainy season. Special shoutout to our Summer Field Reps for getting these businesses up and running!!