03/13/2013 02:10 pm ET

It's Great To Be An African Woman, Unless You Have No Water

Gloria Kafuria, 26, sets off on another day’s work winding through the remote green hills of northwestern Tanzania, first by jeep and then by foot. She walks quickly, her shoes covered in fresh red earth. This area is home to some of the poorest and hardest to reach communities in Tanzania; so there is never a moment to waste.

There is nothing simple or convenient about the work Gloria does. As a water and sanitation engineer with Concern Worldwide in Ngara, Tanzania, she wouldn’t have it any other way. “Women had to suffer a lot to come down here [to fetch] water,” she says. “They used to lose a lot of time and energy.”