SCARCITY of water, which has for years haunted some 500 households in Kambi ya Simba village in Karatu district, will soon be history, thanks to a 45m/- donation by Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) towards drilling of a water borehole in the area.
Through the support, the beer brewers will foot costs for drilling a water well, construction of storage tanks and installation of water pumps, according to TBL's Public Relations Officer, Dorice Malulu.
"As of late last year, TBL had dished out a total of 450m/- to support communities countrywide to access water as part of our corporate social responsibility," Ms Malulu said during a ceremony to hand over a cheque for the financial support. She added that:
"Each year we give back to the community a portion of our profits and this is because we appreciate the fact that TBL cannot exist without customers. We can hardly reward each of our consumers but we can do so through communities."
It is through community- based projects that the company can reach out to the majority of people in rural and urban areas, Ms Malulu explained.
She urged the Kambi ya Simba villagers to take good care of the well when its construction is completed so that it does not only serve them by generations to come.
"If the well is sustained we will be encouraged to continue supporting the government to bring development to the people," Ms Malulu said.
Speaking at the occasion, Karatu's District Executive Director, Moses Mabula, described the support as a "blessing" to the villagers who have been facing acute shortage of water, particularly during dry seasons.
He thanked TBL for supporting the government to supply water to people in rural areas who have had to spend a lot of time to search for the precious liquid at the expense of other economic activities.
Ms Cecilia Lazaro, a resident of the village, could not hide her joy over the water project. She said: "Starting August every year this area is hit by a dry season and women suffer most as we have to search for water in far-flung areas."