Drought tolerant crops doing well in Makueni County, South Eastern Kenya.
Mangoe fruits are as a source of vitamins and have high demand in the market.
Fishing is a business among the Kumina Wauni self help group members.
Pawpaw fruits for domestic consumption.
Tomatoes farm at Kyalimba self help group.
Cabbages only grow in the highlands. This is a cabbage farm in South Eastern Kenya, an arid area but sand dams have made it possible.
Such nutritious vegetables growing in an arid area as a result of water from a sand dam.
Pawpaw tree fruiting and benefiting our farmers in Makueni County.
In the ASAL areas of Kenya, drought and famine are culturally accepted norms, occurring periodically over regular intervals. And with an acute water shortage that makes people spend most of their time and energy in its search, little can be done to evade this devastating reality. But with the construction of sand dams, the burden is eased many times over. Time and energy is spared, and annexed towards other economically and socially empowering practices.
We, however, do not believe that a sand dam can in itself salvage a people from hunger and destitution. That is why we go a step further and teach climate-smart agricultural practices, which if practiced well, ensure great yields for the farmers. We fund and encourage projects based on these practices.
Some of the practices trained on include farm terracing to ensure water retention even after the rains and also curb soil erosion. Our field officers, deployed in all the regions, serve the farmers with the right parameters for the digging of a standard terrace. Africa Sand Dam Foundation then provides them with the right farm tools for this activity. It is upon the farmers, under the supervision of the field officers, to dig the terraces. To date, over 271,072metres of terraces have been dug by all the groups combined.
Upon the onset of the rainy season, the farmers are supplied with drought resistant seeds to plant on their farms. Each farmer is supplied with an amount of seed as per their request that they require for their farms. This ensures timely planting of the right crop on a properly terraced farm.
Groups are also encouraged to establish tree nurseries in which they plant among others, fruit trees. The seedlings planted on these nurseries are later transferred to their farms and homesteads and they, upon maturity, ensure constant supply of fruits for the families of the self help groups.
Projects such as goats projects (5), cow projects (5) and fish projects (3) have been implemented so far. They not only help the groups make some income, they also enable them to eat complete diet meals.
"With the construction of the sand dams by our community, my life and that of my family has changed positively. We have planted trees using water from the dams", Elizabeth Ndunge of Wasya wa Athi self help group.