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This is a very innovative approach combining several social outcomes linked to WASH and youth unemployment. It would also probably result in time savings for women and young girls and shift part of the burden of water collection, indirectly, onto youth. I think this approach will also enhance sustainability since the local community was involved in the construction, skills be available for maintenance, and there will be community based ownership over the investments. Excellent idea.

This sounds great. Have you used Rapid Care Analysis tools to assess time use in target households and specifically tailored to identify the burden of domestic care work on women? Recent research here has confirmed that basic finding for rural poor households in Tajikistan, but at the same time, many of the essential services needed for washing machines are also not readily available without quite extensive investments. At the same time, the RCA approach identified that there was plenty of room to redistribute unpaid care work towards men and boys (to increase their share), simply reduction strategies - but also during specific seasons when productive work would surge. Time poverty, as you rightly point out - is such an incredible obstacle for women's empowerment - I hope you have success in this!

This concept is very timely. We are in fact looking for potential solutions like this for similar reasons, facing similar conditions, in Tajikistan. While efforts have been made to improve productivity for rural poor small holder farmers in the country, with some modest success, there are often gluts on local markets during harvesting at specific times, and waste along the way due to transport problems, among many other factors. While in rich countries there is relatively more waste on the consumption side, here it is along various stages as you point out along the supply side in the value chain and it poses somewhat of an ironic situation - areas where there is temporarily more food than can be consumed or sold while in other areas people are experiencing food insecurity. I will look forward to hearing more about digital solutions to reduce this and improve outcomes - especially due to many of the rural poor small holders here having adequate access to androids and smartphones.