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2019-09-30 | Research Brief

Happy Collecting Water?

Cook , Joseph and Jane Kabubo-Mariara. 2019. “Happy Collecting Water?”
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Women Collecting Water in Rural Kenya Report They Would Prefer Doing Other Activities.

Contrary to a widely-held belief that rural women enjoy collecting water because it gets them out of the house and lets them socialize, a survey in Kenya found that 94% of women do not like the task. This finding suggests that providing rural households with convenient access to safe drinking water will reduce this physically taxing and time-consuming burden on women and girls, freeing up time and energy that they might use for productive pursuits such as on-farm or off-farm employment, increased school attendance, or even leisure time.