Finance Bank spends K1.2m on boreholes

FINANCE Bank Zambia Limited (FBZ) says it has invested a total of K1.2 million through provision of boreholes countrywide in the last two years.
Managing director Barkat Ali said this on Thursday when the financial institution, in partnership with World Vision Zambia (WVZ), handed over a borehole valued at K48, 000 to Nalusanga community in Mumbwa district.
Mr Ali said: “We identified various areas in Zambia that had communities that do not have access to clean water, thus leading to disease, opportunistic infections and early loss of life, a plight affecting our children, especially children under the age of five.”
He said FBZ has partnered with the Nalusanga community in Mumbwa in alleviating the critical water shortages being experienced in the area, adding that the bank assisted with the installation of a borehole under its Mukango Borehole Initiative.
“This borehole and hand-pump being commissioned today was a response to your request as a community. The facility will provide clean water to both the local community and travelling public,” Mr Ali said.
He said through FBZ’s partnership with WVZ, the two organisations have successfully drilled and commissioned over 13 boreholes around Zambia during the past two years.
Mr Ali was happy that water from the boreholes has been tested by the University of Zambia (UNZA) and certified fit for human consumption.
“We are therefore confident that this partnership with WVZ will continue as we remain committed to extend this programme to other areas,” he said.
At the same event, WVZ country director Mark Kelly said the Mukango Borehole Initiative has provided an opportunity for FBZ and WVZ to significantly improve the well-being of children in Zambia by helping families and communities achieve sustainable access to adequate safe water.

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