Beatrice faces many of the same problems faced by smallholder farmers across Kenya. During the dry season, she and her neighbors rent small plots to grow high value crops like kale, carrots, cabbage and potatoes. There are 100 women in total, each with their small plot covering 5 acres near a water source. They arrive early each morning to water, filling their buckets from river-fed troughs and flinging them over crops. For four hours each morning, and two hours each night, these women fling their buckets, rarely relieved by rain.
10 solar water pumps could manage irrigation for these 100 women, cutting their labor time by more than half, increasing their crop yields and dramatically boosting their income. These pumps cost just $650 each. Just $6,500 would completely change the lives of these 100 farmers, but we can’t do it alone.
Your support made our first loan possible and we can’t thank you enough for your generous contributions, but our job is far from done. With thousands of farmers still living in poverty, working long hours each day just to maintain, we’ve got a long way to go. It’s with this in mind that we ask for your continued support so that CoolCap can continue to make loans and– most importantly– make change. Donations of any size help us reach our goal. All we ask is that you do whatever you can, and tell your friends! Together, we can remove the drudgery from those who feed us. Donate now.
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