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Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power

by Community Building Group, Ltd. Inc.
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
Water Basins for 8,000 Villages using Solar Power
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
women's garden
women
women's garden with corn
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
Women showing how they operate the pump
Women showing how they operate the pump

Kougny is a department or commune of Nayala Province in western Burkina Faso located at 144 miles from Ouagadougou.

Community Building Group has installed in Kougny a drip and sprinkler irrigation system powered by solar energy DC pumping. The women of Kougny in Nayala are still enjoying the benefits of the irrigation system installed last year in their community garden. Since then, the women are working full time to grow vegetables. Here is the testimony of some members of the women cooperative group that we met this month in Kougny:

Djibo, a member of the Cooperative told our team that: "We, women of Kougny, will never stop expressing the joy that animates us with these new irrigation solar system using the rainwater catchment basin water. It makes cropping easy." Before we have to carry water manually and pour it into the field. The management of water wells water was difficult, now only one person can operate the irrigation system. Community Building Group personal trained us on how to use the system. The challenges we have now are to keep eyes on animals damages in the farm, and we also have to manually remove the weeds. Right now, the irrigation allows us to have at least three (3) productions a year, and if we plan earlier, we can even have four consecutive harvests with some crop like eggplant and lettuces. "

Fatoumata, an active member of the cooperative said: "We thank our donors who have allowed us to have a garden equipped. We believe that we are on the right path to improving our life condition. Our challenge is to put fence preventing animals coming to our garden. We are asking the Community Building Group and its partners to help us with a fence."

Community Building Group thanks everyone for their overwhelming support, stay tuned, more yet to come. Your donation can make dryland into the fruitful wetland.

Sincerely thank

Cabbage field
Cabbage field
Fatoumat, a member of cooperative
Fatoumat, a member of cooperative
Onion nursery
Onion nursery
Women of cooperative with CBG coordinator (right)
Women of cooperative with CBG coordinator (right)
Cooperative members greeting CBG coordinator
Cooperative members greeting CBG coordinator
Extension agent from Ministry of Agriculture
Extension agent from Ministry of Agriculture
CBG-WA team meeting with Kougny women
CBG-WA team meeting with Kougny women

On December 20, 2018, the CBG-WA team traveled to visit the solar irrigation system installed in the village of Kougny. The objective was to provide continuous technical support for the beginning of the new growing season.

The irrigation system installed in Kougny is now in its third growing season. After the first growing, the women have harvested their vegetable crops, and then started second cropping season, then thirds growing season is now taking place. So, one growing season after another.

 To secure the gardening, the women of the village of Kougny have made a wooden fence to protect their farm from animals.   They are preparing the nurseries for onion, tomatoes, and cabbage which will be planted in the coming 3 to 4 weeks.

 Alima, the president of the women group in Kougny said, “in addition to the onion, tomato, and cabbage, we will be planting in inter-crops rows (between rows) green peppers and red sorrel."

 CBG-WA team provided training to women, which empowered their productive capacity in irrigation farming. Furthermore, the capacity building for women includes farm economic management, water, and fertilizer efficient use and soil moisture monitoring for proper irrigation schedule. This indeed will maximize their farm net profits.

 More yet to come

 

Thank you for your generosity 

Solar power sprinkler system, Kougny
Solar power sprinkler system, Kougny
Crop nursery
Crop nursery
Field preparation, Kougny
Field preparation, Kougny
Solar energy DC pump and panels pumping water
Solar energy DC pump and panels pumping water

CBG-WA team has continuously provided technical support to village residents particularly to women. The previously built rainwater catchment basins in the village of Kamsi and Sissene have empowered women to work sustainably in their vegetables garden.

 Rosalie, a member of the women cooperative group in Kamsi, say, “we are proud of CBG-WA who always assisting us in our activities, thanks to all donors and helpers. Because of the water and energy power, we get vegetables to eat, as we continuously growth tomatoes, onion, cabbages, lettuce, corn, okra and other green leaf crops. Our food basket is very rich. Now I am in full harvest of fresh okra, and part will be for sale and the other part will be exclusively used for the family meal. Thanks to this project we have fresh vegetables at any time. Many people in other villages asked about our secret, I said, our recipes are water and solar power. With these two, we are good enough."

  Natalie, a 5th grader student of the primary school in the village of Kamsi stated that: “I came to help my grandmother to harvest okra. My grandmother will sell them at the market. I like to help her because she made some income from the solar energy irrigation farming. With this money she always manages to pay for my school tuition fees, and pay the contributions fees to parents association."

 In Djomga, CBG-WA met with women cooperative group on October 2, 2018, where two irrigation system powered by solar pumps were installed. The team provided training and support on the equipment maintenance and review the operation systems. Growers are now preparing their crop nursery for new cropping season. Stay tune!

 Your donations have positively impacted villages residents, women and children who have now fresh vegetables from their irrigation farming. The income generated help parents to pay the kids tuition fees and have food for their livelihood.  In addition, with the basin, rainwater has been stored, which in turn has improved access to water. Women and girls don't have to walk anymore long distance to fetch for water.

 CBG-WA has a request from more than 200 villages to provide them with water and solar energy system. Please your donation can make a big difference and positive change to rural people life.

Rosalie carrying a basket of okra harvested
Rosalie carrying a basket of okra harvested
Solar power sprinkler irrigation system, Djomga
Solar power sprinkler irrigation system, Djomga
Natalie, a student helping grandmother to harvest
Natalie, a student helping grandmother to harvest
CBG-WA team member in a corn field
CBG-WA team member in a corn field
CBG-WA Coordinator during field visit
CBG-WA Coordinator during field visit
Okra field ready for harvest
Okra field ready for harvest
 

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Community Building Group, Ltd. Inc.

Location: Largo, FL - USA
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Seydou Traore
Largo, FL United States
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