Water, Drainage Investments Support Urban Boom in Northern Mozambique
Success Story. Carolina Fernando rises with the sun each morning and begins her search for water. She ties her son to her back, grabs a plastic jerry can and heads toward a muddy river about a kilometer away from her house in Nampula, Mozambique. Sometimes the river runs dry, forcing her to seek water at a different river another kilometer away. She often returns home just in time to drop off the jerry can, feed her son and head to work as a caregiver at a nearby daycare. She returns to the river during her lunch break and after work. Her muscles ache from the work. Family members fall ill from the dirty water. She can't remember the last time she had a day off from fetching water. But Fernando is hopeful a project funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation will help change her life. MCC is helping expand the water delivery system in Nampula, the country's third-largest city, as part of a five-year, $507 million compact with Mozambique.