By Goth Mohamed Goth
In this age of technology and innovation one can’t afford to be left behind this is the case with water vendors in Hargeisa who are now shifting at a very rapid pace from the usual reliance on donkeys to more conventional and cheap mode of transport which come inform of water tricycles.
Mr. Hussein Aden Daud, a water tricycle operator gave “Dawan Newspaper “the interview on the topic because of his experience which spans almost a decade and half working as a water vendor using his donkey drawn cart to sell water to homes in areas which get little water and those without the water connections in the city of Hargeisa.
Since I bought the water tricycle business for me has never been the same again I have managed to save some money for my children’s education because my business is now cost-effective and my expense is much more less than before now that I have no animal to fed
only uses 4 liters of fuel and is equipped with a 400 liter tanker or equivalent to 2 barrels some three months ago, and the tanker is more hygienic and through the extra trips I make every day and the fact more customers are willing to buy water because of the cheaper prices which tricycle riders charge their customers to the price of 1 barrel which we 9000 SL/Sh and the 12.000 SL/Sh donkey drawn carts charge per barrel.
Over the past two decades, IDPs and rural urban migrants have drastically inflated the population and the ever expanding poor settlements where connection to tap water does not exist, local water vendors play a central role in water distribution. Water vendors cover between 95-98% of water distribution to households, with the remaining 2-5% of households fetching water themselves.
Until lately, Tanker drivers in Hargeisa made all the money when it comes to the water business; commuting between the water points where they buy water cheaply and these communities to supply water to individual homes. The trend seems however appears to be changing at a rapid pace, with tricycle riders now becoming the preferred choice of water distribution as their rates are lower.
Mr. Hussein Aden Daud Aka Fanah life has changed for the better due to his water business which for now appears to more lucrative had this message for his friends although most of us desire for greater opportunities, this ‘JOB’ for the time being, is a stepping stone, we hope to diligently manage until that time comes.