Guilé Mane - A farmer in Senegal

Oct 2018

Like many farmers in Senegal, Guilé Mané used to struggle through the dry season. Rainfall in Senegal can be very low and irregular, even in the rainy season. Guilé and the other women had to walk long distances to reach sources of clean water and use part of their income to pay for it.

FAO’s “One million cisterns for the Sahel” project helps women and farmers harvest and store rainwater. The cisterns provide clean water for drinking and growing food to millions of people in arid areas. Thanks to new water provided, she and other women can grow vegetables for the first time during the dry season. Money earned from selling vegetables is put in a fund to help families in need.