#30 Toubacouta, Community Garden Well

Location: Toubacouta, Fatick, Senegal

Community Description: Toubacouta is a beautiful Mandinkan village located right on the Sin Saloum Delta.  People here are mainly farmers and fisherman, but due to the beauty of the area there is also a substantial tourist industry with several large hotels providing employment for a large number of local residents.  This influx of tourists and money has its downsides however mainly in that more and more people are turning to commercial work, or work in larger cities rather than subsistence farming.  This is usually beneficial, but less so when the economy slumps and tourism wanes.  Many people are thus left caught between two worlds. They see the possibility of and want a modern western life but are left without the means to attain it and end up turning somewhat reluctantly to agriculture to survive.  This reluctance often results in mediocre yields and little forward progress.

Project Description: That being said this is not the case today.  These problems are real but as often as they arise there are individuals who rise to the occasion with real enthusiasm and ambition.  Meet Paco Diadhiou.  He and his family live in Toubacouta and recently took out a substantial loan and signed a contract to produce mangoes and papayas for export to Europe.  This entire family has been farming for generations and they see it not as a fall back but as their road to prosperity.  They are incredibly hardworking and ambitious and are always eager to try new technologies or techniques.  We plan to install a pump on one of their two wells in order to help them increase their vegetable production in the garden.  This will provide them with a steady stream of cash and food while they wait for the trees to start producing.

Project Impact: The 15 direct family members will benefit from the pump along with 30 other local women who work small individual plots in the garden as well.

Peace Corps Volunteers Directing Project: Garrison Harward

Dollar Amount of Project: $150.00

Donations Collected to Date: $0.00

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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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