International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001
Rainwater Catchment in Humid and Arid Regions
Introduction of Rainwater Harvesting Technology in a Rural Community in
The annual drought in the northern parts of Nigeria has been accepted
as inevitable, and rural communities are generally resigned to their fate
in this season because they belie there is nothing that can be done about
it. The brunt of the drought is borne by women and children who have to
make dawn trips to the nearest river in search of water for domestic use
because the wells and near-by streams have gone dry.
The introduction of Rainwater Harvesting in one of the communities where
Fantsuam Foundation serves was greeted with surprise - the whole scheme
seems so logical we all wondered why we had never thought of it before.
After the novelty of the idea has become more generally accepted and widely
discussed, the technical details needed to be understood and put to work.
Financing the cost of materials and labour required for the water storage
became a challenge for the community. This poster presents the outcome
of the innovative use of microcredit loan to the community for financing
a pilot project for harvesting rainwater
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