Dirty water is dangerous, but you know that already.
The tractor, low tech, aging yet in pristine condition, was shipped to our Ghanaian partners, Coalition for Change in early 2016 and they employ a driver and mechanic who take the tractor to women’s cooperatives in several communities in the Upper West, there they plough the land over a larger area and quicker, thereby increasing farming yield. The cooperatives pay for the service from the proceeds of selling surplus production.
The people of the Upper West are subsistence farmers, but the 8 month dry season means much of the year there can be no farming. Honey production, soap making and shea butter making are being taught to women groups in the area, by our local charity partners Coalition for Change, as a means of supplementing the meagre income. The Livelihood Project is supported by Ghana Outlook.
The upper west region of Ghana has an 8 month long dry season and has many ephermal river tributaries with deep sand beds. Ghana Outlook, in partnership with the Kpaloworgu community near Wa, wanted to trial the first sand dam to be built in Ghana. It would be built across a suitably identified tributary, which was believed could retain water in the upstream sand throughout the dry season. It was agreed that the Kpaloworgu community would provide all free labour and Ghana Outlook funded the skilled construction of the dam itself.