52 Pumps in 52 Weeks – Senegal – Project 06 – Saare Asset
This project is part of our 52 Pumps in 52 Weeks Program, being implemented by Peace Corps Volunteers Marcie Todd and Garrison Harward. To read about the program and follow its progress, CLICK HERE.
Saare Asset, Kolda, Senegal
Asset means Saturday in Pulaar. We asked if the village was created on a Saturday, but only got laughs. Saare Asset is the second pump site in the cluster of small villages surrounding Saare Samba Thika. Saare Asset is slightly larger than the others with a total of 152 community members.
The 68 women of this village work on a 2 hectare community garden where they grow immaculate okra, hibiscus, and hot peppers. They spend the early morning hours watering their garden, come home to cook lunch and then start the watering process all over again.
Saare Asset and Saare Samba Thika are within walking distance from each other and in many ways a part of the same big family. The two villages intermarry, adopt each other’s farming and cow raising techniques and sometimes even have community meetings together. Though they seem similar in many ways the culture of Saare Asset is slightly different.
Saare Asset has a good number of boys who go into Kolda to study during the year, come back to work for summer break and to be with their families for Ramadan. This, among other things, seems to make community motivation slightly stronger.
Saare Asset is genius when it comes to using their resources. They have two pulley systems set up that have a bucket attached to each end of the rope. When they are emptying one bucket, simultaneously the second bucket is filling; this cuts the onerous task of pulling water in half. Saare Asset is on the horizon of expanding their garden. They have almost saved enough money to expand their fence an extra hectare and with that in mind the hand pump will help save a lot of time.
The 68 members of the community garden and their families will benefit from the pump.
Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
The replication of the process in neighboring villages is valuable for the proliferation of the technology and will lead to sustainability.
Dollar Amount of Project
Donations Collected to Date
Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Harrison Walls, of Santa Cruz, CA, USA.
If you now contribute $100, your name will be placed on the waiting list to adopt the next project in order.
If you wish to contribute less than $100, the money will be applied toward the overall program.
This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.