If Firmino Fernandes has a choice, the answer is easy.
“I prefer having running water and a toilet than electricity,” said Fernandes, a father of five daughters in Cabo Verde. “A thousand times, I prefer this.”
Each day, Fernandes walks with his 12- and 8-year-old daughters for 30 minutes to reach the nearest community fountain. Sometimes that tap is dry, so they continue onto the nearest neighborhood more than a mile away.