Oct 14, 2019

The more we produce, the more we become financially autonomous in our homes

Solar Sprinkler System Installed by CBG
Solar Sprinkler System Installed by CBG

Community Building Group (CBG) is empowering women with solar power drip and sprinkler irrigation systems.

Women empowerment project throughout new solar power irrigation systems has increased vegetable productions in the villages of Kamsi, Kougny, and Djomga located in the Centre-West, Mouhoun and Sahel regions of Burkina Faso, respectively. The regional team from Community Building Group in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso has conducted a series of field monitoring and provide technical support to the project beneficiaries. Last month, the team has discussed with the project beneficiaries and trained them on the coming dry season production planning.

Elisabeth, the president of the group tells us about their ongoing work and the direct impacts of the project on their daily life. She said: "Right now we are really busy in the irrigation garden because we need to take care of the vegetable nursery which should be ready for re-planting in the coming weeks. This year, the goal is to do three or four harvests, with the first harvest being planned for the end of October for the green-leaf sorrel. Sorrel is a direct seedling, it grows fast if we irrigate, and we make sauces or sell in the market. Donors of this project have done something meaningful; we are very blessed with this project. The other thing we thank Community Building Group is the solar power irrigation system management because, in addition to providing us the all the equipment, they trained us how to operate well the solar system, and how to manage the irrigation water. We have three soil moistures sensors that are manually reading, so we learned how to interpret the color changes displayed in the LCD which changed from blue to green or red. It tells us whether the water in the soil is depleted or not, so we start applying water. Before we got the sensors, we just turn on the irrigation every single day, as it is solar, nobody worries. But now it is different, we manage the water efficiently and we can growth three (3) to four (4) times per campaign, therefore it increases our production capacity, especially in the dry season. The more we produce, the more we become financially autonomous in our homes. "

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 Community Building Group thanks each and everyone of you!

Elisabeth, President of Women Groupment
Elisabeth, President of Women Groupment
women's garden
women's garden
women's garden with corn
women's garden with corn
Jul 15, 2019

We grow vegetables in dry season, and corn in rainy season

Irrigation system using the basin harvested water
Irrigation system using the basin harvested water

We grow vegetables in the dry season, and corn in the rainy season.

Last week, on July 8-9, 2019, Community Building Group team of the regional office (CBG-WA) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso have visited the Women's Community Garden in the villages of Djomga and Kamsi. In general, the women reported that, with the current rainy season, they are growing mainly corn. But, according to them, after the rainy season, i.e. by the end of the coming month (August), they will start growing vegetable crops in the dry season.

CBG team have interviewed Elizabeth, who is a representative of the women group. "She said that for the past season, we were able to do three growing cycles, and this was dependent on the type of crops, as some crops have a long production cycle, and others like lettuce and hibiscus plants have short cycles. The varieties of lettuce we cultivate can take between 45 to 55 days. Which mean we can harvest the lettuce 45 days after planting. We have no worry about pumping water, as we use solar power energy to operate the irrigation farm. Since we got the solar power irrigation system, everything works well, the maintenance is easy, we only have to clean the solar panel to remove dust as needed. We start watering from 8: am when the sun starts rising until 3 to 4 pm. With the new soil moisture monitoring device that we received from Community Building Group, we do now irrigation based on the reading monitor of the level of soil moisture. They teach us how to read the soil mositure device. Our challenges are now to protect the irrigation farm with fence to prevent animals like cattle and goats coming in at night time. We encountered several damages in the past. But, even that we still have hope, and we are very blessed to have this irrigation system here, as well as the rainwater catchment basin. And without the basin, we can’t even have water here for our life."

For Salio, a member of the women group said that they usually growth tomatoes, onion, and green pepper under irrigation, and this has been very helpful to our respective family. Before the basin, we have to go far away with our kids to get water. Now with the basin in the village, everyone feels happy. Before, our children couldn’t even do anything at night time. Because in the day time, they need to help us fetching for water, that makes them very tired once we get back home, and with such burden, they don’t frequently go to school, even think about it.

 Community Building Group stays focus on addressing water and energy challenges in the Sahel Region. Your generous contribution can make a huge difference and improve life. Stay tuned, and more yet to come!

 

Thank you

Small scale sprinkler irrigation system by solar
Small scale sprinkler irrigation system by solar
Solar power water pumping station for irrigation
Solar power water pumping station for irrigation
Women getting water from well
Women getting water from well
Water level in the well at the vicinity of basin
Water level in the well at the vicinity of basin
View of the rainwater catchment basin, July 2019
View of the rainwater catchment basin, July 2019
Jul 15, 2019

Solar light has transformed our life

Educating girls toward solar, Kamsi Primary School
Educating girls toward solar, Kamsi Primary School

 After the end of this academic school year, Community Building Group regional office in West Africa worked tediously in the village of Kamsi and Djomga with student parents and teachers in order to continue providing support for girl’s education. We have conducted several field missions to discuss with the communities to encourage them to support girls such as reading more during the summer vacation.

 We met with the director of the school of Kamsi, Djiguimdé, who reported that “he was very proud and honored to have solar electricity in his school, which in turn helped students to be at the top rank within the district. The school has done a great job with 91.43% of students admitted to the Certificate of Primary Education Exam (CEB).”

 Kamsi is ranked 2nd in the Ramongo district for the CEB. In addition, the school also won the CEB's best student award and best teacher award.

 Community Building Group team have visited couples of households in Kamsi. The team met with Martine and Evelyne, they both are a student admitted to the Certificate of Primary Study Exam. According to Martine, she said that we have no idea how the Community Building Group solar education project has transformed her life here. I mostly spend time after school to read and do homework, and my mom let me study. Because, people from the community building group and our teachers told to my parents to let us study, as we have light now. This is transformative, having solar light and being able to study”

 All Kamsi thanks Community Building Group and Global Giving including all donors for their help, thanks to the solar electrification project for supporting girls education, students and teachers in this remote dryland where life condition is very hard.

More yet to come!!!!!

Djiguimde, school director, and Haoua, CBG-WA
Djiguimde, school director, and Haoua, CBG-WA
Meeting with Martine's family
Meeting with Martine's family
Meeting with the family of Evelyne
Meeting with the family of Evelyne
 
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