A lack of basic access to clean water is obstructing the personal development of many women in Malawi, who are obligated by tradition to spend the day collecting water. Therefore, they cannot attend schools or do other productive activities. They even risk their lives every day fetching water from rivers which are home to killer crocodiles that attack them. In many cases, water becomes a sort of punishment. As they are unable to improve their lives, their self-respect and dignity are in danger.