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  • Access to drinking water and sanitation
    Currently, only 5% of the population has access to an improved drinking water source, which affects the health of the population, impacts their low life expectancy and causes very high infant mortality.

Village Community wells


Often located in the center of the village, community wells provide drinking water. These cemented wells are surrounded by a low wall to protect against sand, silt, and animals.

 They are closed off, disinfected, and equipped with a Volanta hand pump, making them easy for everyone to use, including children. Thanks to their concrete columns, they can draw water from depths of up to 60 meters.

 Their bright yellow color is visible from a great distance and they come with a warranty for replacement parts, notably for the hydraulic system.


The approximate price of a village community well, equipped with a Volanta pump, is € 25,000 (US$ 30,000).

Community Garden wells


Cemented community garden wells are designed for the irrigation of vegetable crops.

They are open, and equipped with a motorized pump, which draws water up into the basins. These then feed into pipes to irrigate large gardens that produce fruit, vegetables, spices, and cereals.

Community garden wells are generally located within a large garden divided into 3 or 4 parts, each of which is farmed by a family.

Each well is used by several gardeners who are responsible for the well and the pump’s upkeep. 

The approximate price of a 12-meter community garden well is € 10,000 (US$ 12,000).

Livestock Wells


Cemented wells for livestock, equipped with animal-powered pulleys, make it possible to pump water from depths of 80 meters.

They are fitted with concrete pipes that carry water to troughs, where a large number of animals can drink at the same time.

They are usually located in desert zones frequented by nomadic shepherds. These wells are susceptible to extreme weather, and require regular maintenance and monitoring.

For transhumant nomads in search of pasture, these wells are often a point of reference located along corridor routes. A management committee is chosen from among camel owners to be responsible for any upkeep.

We are progressively fitting some of these wells with solar panels, making it possible to draw water for storage in an adjacent water tower.

This means nomads always have water available in large quantities, with no need to have their animals power the pump. 


The approximate price of a livestock well is between € 20,000 (US$ 24,000) and € 25,000 (US$ 30,000) depending on its depth.

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