#5 Karang, Community Garden

Location: Karang, Fatick, Senegal

Community Description: In 2010, a group of about 20 people, mostly women, formed a gardening group in a small space just outside of Karang right on the Gambian border.   The  husband of one of the women generously agreed to let them use his land free of charge. The group took this initial gift and ran with it creating a beautiful and productive garden full of hot peppers, cabbage, onions, eggplant,  bananas, and citrus trees just to name a few.   Currently their field is split into 20 individual individual plots centered around two fairly shallow wells.

Project Description: Due to the high volume of people around these two wells watering can be both tedious and time consuming.  The installation of this pump means that one person will be able to pull water at a faster rate for the entire group.  The well has a water basin attached which can hold approximately 5000L of water which when full facilitates easy and fast watering for everyone.

Insa Senghor, one of the leaders of the group explained their motivation: “Last year these women wanted to start a garden.  None of them had any work, but you can make a lot of money selling vegetables.  This pump is good because it makes their work easier and we can water faster.  If this pump works well, we already have plans to install it in other fields.”

Project Impact:  The 20 women with individual plots will directly benefit along with their entire families.

Peace Corps Volunteer’s Directing Project:  Garrison Harward, Byron Yee, Will Leborgne , and Cassie Blass

Dollar Amount of the Project: $100.00

Donations Collected to Date: $100.00 FULLY FUNDED!


About garrisonharward

I am currently working for the US Peace Corps as a Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent in Senegal. For the next 2 years I will be living in the small village of Dassilame Serere just north of the Gambia. I have no idea what this adventure will bring, but if nothing else it will make for entertaining reading!
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2 Responses to #5 Karang, Community Garden

  1. Aunt Cyndi says:

    Great Project Garrison! I’ve posted and Linked to my Facebook accounts. I love that you are teaching each location and involving the locals so they can repair and maintain the work you start!
    Keep up the good work. Very exciting to see how something so simple can change people’s lives. I love the post about all the lessons learned. Will be following your blog and keep you in my prayers.
    Cyndi Davis Connolly

  2. Rick Fowler says:

    Great work, Garrison!
    I just hope and trust they can grow delicious veg like we get in Bangladesh. Taste is ever som much nicer that US grocery store!
    Trying to send you something to help the work, but PayPal is acting like it doesn’t really believe I am in Bangladesh! And sending to Senegal. …sends it into orbit, I guess. Anyway, we will ALL persist!
    Take best care,
    Rick Fowler

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