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On average, the African woman walks 6 kilometers per day to fetch water for her family.
Many times, this water is contaminated, yet this will be the water she uses for cooking, drinking, cleaning, washing clothes and bathing. She must carry enough water to complete all of these tasks, yet her jerrycan only carries a little over 40 pounds, resulting in her usually making multiple trips – walking over six kilometers with over 40 pounds of water multiple times in just one day. It’s reported that this walk carrying water will absorb 25% of an African woman’s daily calorific intake – you know she must get tired.