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Sanitation and Hygiene Influencers Making the Difference

William Musoni regularly encourages members of his community to adopt improved WASH practices including handwashing. Photo credit: Theophile Harushyamagara, Water For People in Rwanda/Isoko y’Ubuzima

William Musoni spends his days working as a laborer. When he’s not working, he educates communities in Rwanda’s Eastern Province on good hygiene practices, with a special focus on handwashing. As a mobilizer for community savings and loan associations, he also encourages people to invest in and use proper sanitation facilities and products.

"Because I have built a relationship with local leaders, if I request a space to speak about sanitation and hygiene, they always grant my wish," William said." I estimate that I have reached between 6,000 and 7,000 community members during community gatherings and association meetings."

In Rwanda, where there is a vibrant culture of community service, William is one of 1,200 people from 10 districts across Rwanda who was trained in the Isoko y’Ubuzima program, implemented by a consortium led by Water For People in Rwanda and funded by USAID. The program goals are to improve WASH governance, improve drinking water services, and improve sanitation and handwashing services and products… Read more