When VisionZambia first arrived in Linda in 2003, there was a poor and irregular water supply. Women spent hours walking to fetch clean water, others were forced to drink from contaminated shallow wells. Cholera was rife.
VisionZambia supplied a powerful borehole pump, overhauled the storage tanks and upgraded the control valves. In 2006 a second borehole and storage tanks were installed which fed water to the wider community meaning thousands more people could get water and some directly to their homes. Businesses in Linda flourished.
The community contributed by digging the trenches for the pipes. There was a lot of interest as the projects took shape, plus a great deal of celebrating when a new standpipe came on line.
In 2009, a third borehole at Nagatingi completed the coverage of the majority of Linda. Donors enabled us to supply the borehole, pumps, tanks, and standpipes, plus the electricity supply.
In 2013 and 2014 VisionZambia undertook its final water project, building two boreholes and two wells for Zone 8 – the last remaining area of Linda without water. The Zone 8 committee has since learnt to run and sustain the project, supplying clean water to over 5,000 people. They charge a small amount of money for the water and this has become a successful self-sustaining business with profits being reinvested in the community.