We are committed to reducing the impact our business has on the environment. As such, we have invested in a bore hole project in Africa, whilst at the same time mitigating our carbon impact.
Kole is a largely rural district in Uganda, in which local people typically use wood fuel on inefficient three stone fires to purify their drinking, cleaning and washing water. This process results in the release of greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of wood – this can be avoided if a technology that does not require fuel (wood or fossil) supplies clean water desired by households. Boreholes are a means to provide safe, clean water that that these communities need.
Alex Ongora lives in Bung village, which is in Kole District in Northern Uganda. He is 42 years old and he and his wife have 8 children. Since the repair of the borehole and the arrival of a constant safe water supply, the fortunes of Alex’s family have changed dramatically. The time saved has allowed Alex to begin work on farming chilli peppers on a small scale. This year, he bought several chilli seedlings at 5,000 shillings (£1.06) each, each of which has yielded as much as 2 kilograms of chilli’s, with each kilogram then sold at 12,000 shillings (£2.55). The additional time and money saved from having a safe water supply has therefore allowed Alex to engage in an activity that more than quadruples his income. These funds can be invested in growing the business and supporting the Ongora children’s education. Crucially, it also means that, with the basis of a sustainable micro-business, Alex would be in a position to apply for a micro-loan from one of the providers in Uganda in the coming years, which would allow a substantial growth of his activities and unlock access to training in small business management.