With your help, CREATE! can raise the money we need to help the Ouarkhokh cooperative achieve their dreams! On March 18th, donations to this project on CREATE!’s GlobalGiving page will be matched! Your donations will help us install a drip irrigation network in the women’s cooperative community garden located at CREATE!’s training and demonstration center in Ouarkhokh, Senegal.
Though busy cooking, gathering firewood, and caring for children, the 35 women in the Ouarkhokh cooperative diligently gather twice daily at the four-acre garden site to water their crops. During Senegal’s eight-month dry season, these women are only able to plant and water crops in about half of the garden plot. Hand watering is not only labor-intensive, but also costly, as the garden’s water is from a commercial source. Drip irrigation is a sustainable and appropriate solution to this need.
CREATE! will install a drip irrigation system in two acres of land within Ouarkhokh's existing cooperative garden that is currently only cultivated during the short rainy season. A drip irrigation network will increase the amount of irrigated land in the garden plot by 75% and will help Ouarkhokh cooperative members fully exploit the land in their garden through year-round irrigated agriculture. Women will save time and labor while learning valuable new agricultural and technical skills. Increasing yields of vegetables will improve local diets and increase incomes. Through drip irrigation, cooperative members can use their own skills and labor to improve the lives of their families.