The partner villages have a total population of approximately 3,000, are located about a 40-minute drive from Thohoyandou, Univen’s home city. Separated by the Pfaleni River, the villages are bounded by mountains to the north, the Mutale River to the south, the Tshala River to the west, and, the Madade and Tshilozwi Rivers to the east.
The villages are run by traditional leaders along with a council. Each village has a water committee that keeps the community updated on access to safe water. There is high unemployment in the villages and those who work have jobs a fair distance from home.