Agriculture and Environment
Since 2015 Le Korsa has been digging wells, training women to run community farms, and planting and distributing fruit trees to help rural communities increase their sources of food and income.
Over 50% of people in Senegal live in rural areas, where subsistence farming is the norm.
Farmers in the Tambacounda region rely on the rainy season, typically from June to October, to grow their crops. With climate change disrupting the annual weather patterns, more and more farmers are struggling to make a living. Le Korsa is helping these communities adapt by digging bore wells that provide a year-round water source, and by training groups of women to run their own community farms. We began with a women's collective in Sinthian in 2015, and after the rapid success of that farm, we were asked to expand the effort to Fass, Dialico, and Gadapara. Hundreds of women in these villages are now growing enough food for their families and earning income from selling the surplus.
At Thread, our agricultural team maintains a tree nursery of thousands of seedling fruit trees, including cashew, lemon, mango, moringa, and papaya. These are available free-of-charge to anyone in the community who would like one; to date we have distributed thousands of trees to families, mosques, and local schools. We also are working with eighteen villages in the region on a broader cashew tree-planting project. These trees can act as a firebreak, and provide another food and income source through the cashew crop. We provide the seedlings to each village, and our agricultural team trains local "tree ambassadors" to care for them.
In the city of Tambacounda, we work closely with the city's forestry department to plant trees adapted to the urban environment, which now adorn roadways, intersections, traffic circles and the exteriors of schools. Each tree helps to stabilize the soil, keep down dust, and provides crucial shade once it is fully grown.
Le Korsa is also working with local associations to clean up illegal dumpsites in the city, increase public space such as playgrounds and soccer fields, and turn restaurant food waste into compost.
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To help a group of women start a farm costs $10,000, but the impact is forever. Join us.