Adapting to situations: Dondolo sells drinking water to a lake community


Siragi Wakibi Dondolo, 56, resides at Nakalanga landing site, Bukatube Sub County, Mayuge district.

Dondolo has found a lucrative business in selling water to people who are, ironically, living next to Africa’s largest freshwater lake, Victoria.

Dondolo buys safe drinking water from a borehole at Nakalanga landing site at Shs. 300 and sells it at a neighbouring landing site, Namugongo, at Shs. 1000. Although they are next to a lake, they lack firewood to cook and regularly boil drinking water. The cheaper option is to purchase water from Wakabi, which they can drink directly.

It takes Dondolo close to an hour by boat to deliver water to Namugongo at an average cost of Shs 300, meaning the difference he makes from each 20 litres is Shs 600.

Namugongo, a landing site with a surging population, has only one borehole, which has also malfunctioned.

Dondolo says he has been in this business for three years and on a good day he earns up to Shs. 20,000.

Report by Sooma Fredrick, Eastern Uganda Science Journalists Network (EUSJOURN)