In a village roughly 30kms outside of Maputo, Mozambique, there lies the hidden spicy gem area of Marracuene.
This is the home of the pinnacle of Nandos success, the spiciest ingredient that makes them elite in terms of flavour. Initially, the chillies were planted along the periphery of the area to keep local elephants at bay, since unlike Nando’s enthusiasts, Elephants do not enjoy chillies (Good Things Guy).
However, the village, whilst blossoming the famous chillies, has a turmoil of it’s own in terms of a basic right- access to clean water.
The people utilize natural water sources, but the problem is that the river in which roughly 700 people utilize for all purposes, is “entirely unsuitable for human consumption,” as Good Things Guy reported. Thus, teaming up with The Coca-Cola Foundation’s RAIN, or Replenish Africa Initiative, Nando’s MaXamba put together a team that would assess and create solutions to the unsanitary water crisis.
- Two hand-pump boreholes
- Laundry areas with drainage facilities
- 50 taps netowork
- Handwashing stations alongside soap distirubition
And perhaps most notably, a water-committee was established forming twenty powerful women who were trained in terms of sanitation knowledge in exchange for their indigenous knowledge.
The women empowerment didn’t stop there, however. In addition, the women went on to take part in economic empowerment activities that would afford them economic knowledge to take care of their families in a myriad of ways.