Fetching water, child minding and other household chores have traditional been know as women work while men take on more technical jobs. Violet Kufandikamwe of Nhachi village in ward 20 of Chimanimani is breaking stereotypes after she trained a female Village Pump Mechanic in her ward. Going around her ward repairing and rehabilitating boreholes, Violet is not only changing community perceptions but is also earning at least $25 dollars per job to support her family.
Before the introduction of USAID funded Communty Water Supply,Sanitation,Hygiene (C-WASH) Violet and her family of 6 did not see the need of having a latrine and practiced open defecation. It is only after lessons that she saw the light as decided to adopt a healthier and hygienic lifestyle. To date Violet has completed building a double squat hole latrine with a separate bathroom at her household.
Violet's positive change is part of the Communlty led Total Sanitation initiative to achieving and sustaining an Open Defecation free status. The approach has seen the facilitiation of the community's analysis of their sanitation profile leading to collective action to become better