Eyeka Davis from Madisonville, Texas knows all too well about the daily struggles to provide for her two disabled children. Her primary focus as a mother is to keep her family safe and healthy. She dedicates her life to taking care of her two children. Her son Dexter has a list of medical issues, due to a kidney transplant at birth, where Eyeka donated one of her kidneys. Her son also suffered a stroke that left him weak on one side. Her daughter Faith has an intellectual disability and suffers from fainting due to an underdevelopment of her lungs.

Eyeka has been homeless and has faced many hardships that have forced her into financial stress. She has leaned on her brother for support. He recently gave Eyeka and her children a trailer. She now has lights, but no source of water.

Eyeka Davis's trailer in Madisonville, TX

Amongst the personal struggles, safe running water has not been a part of her everyday life. Eyeka’s grandfather originally lived on the property and the family has never had a source of water. Eyeka remembers being required to haul water for her family to use. This made things very difficult for Eyeka and her family.

Due to her son’s disability, he relies on medication and they need water for their daily living. Eyeka searched online for a potential partner that could assist her with her family’s water issues. She decided to find an agency that helps families with water wells. In her extensive research for a solution, Eyeka was introduced to Communities Unlimited (CU).

Eyeka reached out to CUs Lending Team and started working with Kevin Tillman, CU’s Environmental Lender. Communities Unlimited explained to Eyeka about the low-interest loans that CU offers to eligible households in need of a new well or repair of an existing well.

Digging for a new septic system begins

Kevin assisted Eyeka and her family with the application process and worked with her to ensure that she met all of the eligibility criteria. Once eligibility was determined, Eyeka’s loans were processed in May and August of 2022, and a new septic system and well were installed, ending the many decades of struggle that the family had been faced with, as they maintained a life without water. Having a new septic system and well has been a blessing for Eyeka and her family. She no longer has to face the daily challenge of hauling water to provide for her family’s needs.

Eyeka Davis received a loan from Communities Unlimited for a new septic system and well on her property

“Communities Unlimited has truly been a blessing for my two children and me. I am glad that there is an agency that really helps families that are in my situation. The process was simple and the water works great! Thank you “Communities Unlimited”, your service is a blessing for the Rural Community.” Eyeka said.

This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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