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The goal of this project is to improve access to water for irrigation in a community garden in Mali. When the men and women of the garden committee originally constructed the garden, they elected to expand its dimensions beyond what was planned by an additional 1250 m². However, they neglected to add an additional water source beyond the single well already planned. Unfortunately the well is not centrally located, making it significantly more difficult to water some sections of the garden than others. Primarily because of this issue, approximately 40% of the plots are untended at this point. Initial enthusiasm for the community garden project was such that the organizers had hoped to expand the garden yet again after a year. It seems unlikely that they will achieve this goal unless the irrigation process becomes simpler. The first step in that process is the construction of a second well.
The garden committee took it upon themselves to collect funds for the digging of a traditional unimproved well, and proceeded to locate qualified laborers. They then approached the volunteer to see if it would be possible to improve the well to protect it from erosion and collapse.
The funds requested would purchase cement and other re-enforcement materials for the community to construct an improved well. Successful implementation would allow the community to irrigate the entire garden, thereby securing the garden as an improved source of nutrition and allowing increased opportunities for income generation.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
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