Water storage facility creates hope for Mozambique community. Kongoloti – 1⁰ de Maio is a neighbourhood located in the Matola municipality, the capital of the Maputo province in Mozambique. Many residents build their own homes as most don’t have the means to buy a prefabricated home, or to pay a building contractor. As a result, Custódio sells his products to a growing number of people in the area. For his business, production wouldn’t be possible without a water storage facility in the area.
“Prior to this water project, we would get water from a private operator near my house, but far from here. It was both difficult and costly to transport the water”, says Custódio.
For the entrepreneur bricklayer, this meant having to buy water from private providers with a high cost, and little accountability. Some days these providers would have no water at all, affecting his production. Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) worked through the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation, to construct 6 km of water supply networks in neighbourhoods like Kongoloti – 1º de Maio. “Now we don’t need to go anywhere to get water, we just have it here. It makes our work a lot easier,” Custodio said.
About Custódio: Custódio Alfredo Nhacuongue owns a small bricklayer business in Kongoloti – 1⁰ de Maio, Mozambique. He, along with his four employees, build bricks, wall ventilators, and cement windows. “I have been running this business for five years. We work every day except Sundays. Three of my employees have their own families, and the other one is my son,” says Custódio