Boustane Lo, before and after
All of us at CREATE! would like to thank you for your generosity that has helped us continue partnering with rural communities in Senegal, helping them improve their access to water and food. To show our gratitude, let me take you today on a trip to Boustane Lo, a rural community in Senegal that started their partnership with CREATE! in 2019 and is now thriving with your support.
Situated in the Fatick region of Senegal, Boustane is a community that has a desert like climate common to most regions of Senegal. Before partnering with CREATE!, most of the members in this community practiced subsistence agriculture during the short rainy season. Things changed for them once they signed the MoU with CREATE! which led to improved access to perennial water from a rehabilitated well using solar pumping systems and drip irrigation. Boustane now has abundant water to grow nutritious vegetables throughout the year.
Having abundant water, though important, does not always solve all the problems, as the residents of Boustane Lo understand very well. While the community now has water throughout the year, the water from the well is saline. This means that not every vegetable can be grown easily with this water that turns the soil saline too. But the women of Boustane persevered. With help from the CREATE! technicians, they learned about composting that can turn their barren and sandy soils into nutritious garden beds for vegetables like eggplants and peppers. The women now bring all their organic waste to the cooperative garden site to turn into compost. They also learned to grow vegetables like okra and turnips that do well in the saline soil with the help of this organic compost.
Now in its third year of partnership with CREATE!, the community of Boustane Lo is sustaining their water access through good maintenance of their rehabilitated well, their solar powered water pumping system and their irrigation systems. The well generates about 27000 liters of water every day, out of which 20,000 liters is used for agriculture and the rest consumed domestically. This water is helping the community produce tomatoes, eggplants, turnips, okra, cabbage and lettuce. Consumption of such a variety of vegetables has allowed 100% of women in their reproductive ages in the community to attain Minimum Dietary Diversity, a measurable indicator on nutritional adequacy.
Continuation of these project activities in Boustane Lo has been possible with the generous support of donors like you. You have helped the community endure hardships and to keep thriving. The women of Boustane Lo and all of us at CREATE! are grateful for this support.
Water basins in Boustane now has water year round
Women in Boustane learned to make organic compost
Compost made it easier to grow vegetables in sand
Varieties of vegetables are now available