This is a picture of my counterpart, Amara Sani, outside of the village of Tsanwa in the Maradi state of Niger in early 2010. The village of Tsanwa has one foot pump that is 70m deep and two wells to meet their water needs. One of the wells has very dirty water only suitable for animal consumption. When the foot pump broke in December of 2009 the wells soon ran dry. Women had to walk half an hour to the next nearest well, pull the water and then carry it back. This picture is of Amara on her way to that well. My husband raised money through a PCPP for new pump parts and training for 2 of the men from Tsanwa on pump repair, and they got the pump running again.
Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Megan Jenness, Niger