Most of the villagers of El Limonal, Nicaragua—up to 70 percent—work at a nearby dump, sorting through trash to glean recyclables such as bottles, cans and old bicycle frames. The work is grueling, and often children as young as 5 accompany the adults to help with the search or guard the haul.
The new well installed by the PLU team will raise the economic prospects for the entire village, as clean water will result in fewer illnesses. In addition, less time will have to be spent on finding water, so more time can be devoted to going to school or other activities. Clean water also might result in a bakery for the village, and a much-needed source of income.