Rasmata Pograwa in the community market garden

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The Story

Rasmata Pograwa, 37, mother of five children, lives in the village of Zabendella. During the rainy season, she works in the fields with her husband, during the dry season, she has been gardening for a few years now with around 80 other women in the village. One of the impacts of climate change is the heightened extremes in the seasons, resulting in reduced soil fertility, making market gardening much harder.

Rasmata says ‘Market gardening helps us support our husbands in caring for our families. The land is getting poorer by the day. Before, we use less fertiliser, but now without enough fertiliser you can’t harvest anything because the soil has become poor and we do not have any other land to use alternatively, sometimes we are forced to sell animals to buy fertiliser bags.’

In Zabendella there were no latrines. The implementation of the project called Disaster Preparedness Efforts to Support Vulnerable Communities, in 2019, twelve ECOSAN (Ecological Sanitation) latrines were constructed. The latrines safely turn excrement into fertiliser that can be used in the market garden, which reduces the fertiliser costs, improves soil productivity so more vegetables can be grown and sold so Rasmata and her community can further support their families.

Rasmata Pograwa in the community market garden

Zabendella, Burkina Faso.
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