Water Gives Life and Livelihoods—Volunteers Development for Africa
The adage goes that if you teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. A project in Kenya is working to prove that if you teach a group of women to farm, they will be able to provide better lives for their families and help uplift the community.
In the drought-stricken village of Makindu, women of all ages have come together to develop a sustainable agriculture project on 20 acres of land. With support from the nonprofit Volunteers Development for Africa, the Makindu Friends Women’s Group proposes to build a water-efficient greenhouse to grow fruits and vegetables as well as a basin for fish farming. The harvest will help the women feed their families, and excess can be sold for additional income to sustain the operation.
The list of project needs is extensive, but the women’s determination to succeed is strong. With local wells providing only limited access to drinking water, the primary task is to dig a borehole to irrigate the farm. Once water supplies are available, the greenhouse can be built, followed by the aquaculture facility. Sturdy fencing is also critical to keep out elephants—who can destroy crops and equipment with just a leisurely stroll.
The cost to dig the well alone is $6,500, and the access to fresh water will pave the way for direct production elements of the project. Learn more about the Makindu Friends Women’s Group Agriculture Project and help empower this group of women, their families and the community through your contribution.
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