~ Colle Ngom, Cooperative Member
Since 2014, Vibrant Village has partnered with CREATE! to work with the three neighboring communities of Walo, Gagnick Mack, and Darou Diadji, in the Guinguineo District of Senegal. Approximately 1,500 people live in these three villages, sharing a school and other common facilities. Vibrant Village Foundation teamed up with CREATE! in late 2014 to invest in the establishment of community gardens, and water and irrigation infrastructure in the three villages.
Most families in this area engage in seasonal, subsistence agriculture; however, due to changes in climate and economic forces, many men have migrated to cities to look for work. Women, children and the elderly have remained in the rural areas and are the ones conducting much of the agricultural work. Water is one of the communities’ primary concerns, with limited supply for both household and irrigation use.
In each community, CREATE! is working to improve the existing water wells and establish a solar-powered irrigation system. With this new infrastructure, community members will have sufficient water to support more advanced agricultural activities and poultry rearing for their household consumption and market sale.
- Rehabilitate 3 wells using traditional well-digging techniques
- Install 3 solar-powered pumps, gravity-fed irrigation systems and catchment basins in garden plots
- Mobilize 400 women into agricultural cooperatives and train groups on sustainable and culturally appropriate farming techniques
- Establish 3 successful community gardens able to produce enough fruits, vegetables, and nuts for home use and for sale in local markets
- Establish 3 tree nurseries, each containing approximately 4,000 seedlings
- Establish at least 3 Voluntary Savings and Lending Association’s per community
- Construct 3 poultry sheds using community labor
- Train 75 women in poultry cultivation techniques