Ugandan Who Sells Water to South Sudanese in Jonglei State

“Many people from here see me as useless man because of the clothes I wear, but it doesn’t matter to me as I am investing in a better future for my family and myself. I send the 300 SSP that I save daily to my wife to bank back home,”

By Jacob Achiek
 
BOR, 26 May, 2016 [Gurtong] – A Ugandan national is making a living from water vending in South Sudan’s Bor.

Jackson Tom Odongo who came to South Sudan in 2012 with the intention of constructing houses changed his mind upon realising the serious water shortage in the area.

He says the business is simpler as it does not require any training or education.

Odongo started his water business in 2012 by supplying residents of Bor with clean drinking water that he used to fetch from boreholes and in turn sell a 20 –litre jerry can at 1 SSP.
 
He says the business has enabled him to support his family that resides in Lira, Uganda.

“Many people from here see me as useless man because of the clothes I wear, but it doesn’t matter to me as I am investing in a better future for my family and myself. I send the 300 SSP that I save daily to my wife to bank back home,” says Odongo.

He supplies part of Marol market and areas of Hai-fanjak daily, supplying 20 jerry cans.

Odongo sells a jerry can of river water at 3 SSP and a similar amount of borehole water at 4 SSP.
 
Water remains a costly commodity in most of South Sudan with millions using unsafe water as water vendors continue making a killing out of the shortage.

 

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