Water, Women & Health: The Dilemma of the Two Goats Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • In a small village in the Nile Delta, Wamai is faced with a decision. His wife died three years ago in childbirth leaving him with two small children to raise, a small plot of land, and two goats. By local standards he is a well-off; his goats produce milk for his children and his land feeds his goats. He, his goats, and his children use the same water supply. Gaining access to water will cost him one goat jeopardizing his milk supply and his ability to sustain his tiny hers. But Wamai also wants to marry again. The bride-price is two goats.

publication date

  • January 1, 2011