HandPump Stories

Isata Kamara : Meet the hand pump mechanic who won the hearts of villagers

Isata Kamara : Picture courtsey UNDP Sierra Leone

Forty-seven-year-old, Isata Kamara is loved and adored by most of her fellow residents in Mafaray Village, a remote community just outside Kambia district, Northern Sierra Leone.

Her fame has not come cheap. She gained popularity as her community relied solely on her to service their only source of water – the only handpump in the community, built by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from The People of Japan.  The handpump serves an average of 1000 people from 12 outlying communities…read more


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