Sall Nabe Women’s Group Well Project – Senegal

Sall Nabe Quartier, Village Salémata Centre, Region Kedougou, Senegal

Community Description
Salémata is a large village located in the region of Kedougou in southeastern Senegal. The village consists of a population of approximately 3,000. However, in 2009, Salémata formally became a department that now consists of six rural communities, creating a total population of approximately over 10,000 for the whole zone. Its population is split between the Pular, Mandinka and the Bassari ethnic groups.

Due to its vast distance and inadequate road, Salémata is the most underdeveloped area of all Senegal. Its isolation prevents the Salémata area from receiving any government funding for education, health, infrastructure, and development.

Agriculture forms the backbone of the local economy which primarily produces rice, corn, millet, onion, cotton, and peanuts. The herding and selling of livestock is also a prime factor in the economy. Over the past years, a large percentage of the men have left to work in the Saraya mines to be able to provide for their families. In addition, families often depend on those who have migrated to larger cities or to Europe to send money.

Due to its vast distance and inadequate road, vegetables transported from Kedougou spoil. Food options are limited, leaving the people with a repetitive diet consisting of rice, corn and millet, resulting in high malnutrition rates.

Project Description
This project is to build a well for the women’s group community garden of Sall Nabe.

As a result of the high demand for vegetables, the women’s group has started building a 25 m by 25 m garden. However, there is no current water source

Sall Nabe women’s group will collectively grow and sell the vegetables at the weekly local market and in surrounding villages. This will allow them to improve nutrition for their families, earn income, and retain enough to reinvest in gardening seeds and materials.

The well will be located inside the fenced gardening space, thus protecting the well from misuse. It will be dug to a depth of ten meters. A location has been chosen where water will be abundant, even during the dry season.

In addition, the women are raising funds to pay for the rental of the machine that lowers the cement lining into the well.

Project funds will be used to buy all the supplies, including cement, rebar, sand, and gravel. They will also pay for the labor of making the well molds and the transport from Kedougou to Salemata.

A trusted community well mason with years of experience of building wells will supervise the construction by the men of the Sall Nabe, and ensure that the well is properly maintained.

Project Impact
Approximately 120 people will benefit from the project, consisting of 35 women from10 different compounds and their families. The availability of fresh vegetables will further benefit the entire population of the zone.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Jessica Frye

This well will make it possible for the women’s garden to thrive by providing a reliable water source.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date


Donations of any amount will be appreciated. The full amount will give you “naming rights”, if that is something you would like.

Any contributions in excess of the Dollar Amount of the Project will be allocated to other projects directed by this PCV and/or projects of other PCVs in this country.

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has been fully funded through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica Frye of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Jessica and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.