Women farmers in the village of Kamsi
See the True Impact of the Rainwater Catchment Basin
Last week, our CBG-WA local team accompanied US Embassy personnel to the village of Kamsi in central-west Burkina Faso. With donations from GlobalGiving donors and a USA embassy grant, a solar-powered irrigation system has been installed in the community garden. Near the rainwater catchment basin, the five-acre garden is a true masterpiece of the Kamsi Women’s Food Cooperative.
Elisabeth, president of the women farmer's group says: "Women are on their third harvest of cabbage and eggplant since the completion of the basin. Thanks to the rainwater catchment basin, we are now able to water our vegetables and fruit garden. And now, since using solar energy for pumping water for a drip and sprinkler irrigation system, our harvests are substantial. During the recent New Year holidays, our families had fresh vegetables from the community garden, which truly makes us happy. Currently we have about 224,000 CFA ($400) in our Cooperative account due to the sales of part of our produce. We are planning to expand our farm acreage this coming year.”
Brahima, the deputy mayor of the village, said that Kamsi has not experienced a problem of malnutrition this year due to the basin water and small-scale farming. The women of Kamsi invite you to visit them in Burkina Faso and see how fabulous their success is - especially due to your generosity.
Humongous bag of harvested crops
Tomatoes, cabbage, onions, papaya
A Plethora of Cabbage - Thank You Water
Vegetable Gardens With Rainwater Catchment Basin
Farmer Catrin With Cabbage
Rainwater Catchment Basin Sissene