The situation of the widows of the self-help group Mbukilye Ngukilye has already changed for the better: Shortly before the end of the dry season this autumn a second sand dam was completed. Although it took a while to rain, the new dam is now filled with water. The dams not only supply the village year round with water, but also enable the villagers to cultivate vegetables and crop plants. Crop yields, which are not required for personal need, can be sold on the market and create a new source of income. The widows’ long-term objective is to open their own retail store in the nearby town.
The self-help group Kee, which is supported by arche noVa for several years, already produces enough beans, millet and corn to sell them on the market. However the group has a little lack of business skills. Therefore the participants take place in special courses and acquire knowledge in accounting and administration, to increase the sales of their products and to gain new trade relations.
In cooperation with our local partner organization ASDF and the self-help groups we will build further 15 sand dams within the next three years, which ensure the water supply even during the dry season for 4.800 people.
Furthermore tree nurseries will be established in all project villages. The reforestation program is an important measure against the impacts of climate change and the increasing desertification of the region.
You can find further information on our project page.