Entrepreneurs and markets spring up

Most of us who live in developed countries take for granted the ability to make a quick ride to the supermarket for groceries and ordinary household supplies such as soap. We might even stop for tea or coffee at a local café along the way.

Of course that’s not possible in the remote villages of Africa’s largest country which is one of the poorest and least developed in the world.

But when a South Sudan village has a borehole well, it can foster a marketplace. Before the well, people of the village might have to walk miles, sometimes taking days, to get such supplies.

Now those common, everyday needs can be met closer to home. Entrepreneurs emerge, bringing wares from soap to foodstuffs, clothes to tools. Even a small café or restaurant might appear, becoming a social center.

Village life blossoms when you just add water.