Water problem

June 21, 2017

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Water problem

About the Implementing organization

Name: Hantambo Women's Organization

Country: Zambia

Year of establishment: 2007

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Women’s association or organization / Indigenous group or organization


The initial club was raised to Community Based Organization to enable the Executive Committee to solicit for funds to drill boreholes so that women could start gardening, timber tree planting and citrus fruit growing. Women were trained in water and land management including ground water management. Women are also selling vegetables for income generation and are able to pay school and medical fees and have time to do other household chores like door mat and basket making.

Twenty-five men and women were-were empowered with knowledge and skills to train others in improving management of degraded areas, land management forestry management, pest control, planting seedlings and other relevant subjects by technocrats from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Department. This has resulted in improved handling of environmental resources, food security, and increased income. Girl child now is able to attend school rather than helping their parents look for water. Water born diseases have reduced. Soil is protected by the vegetable cover.

Nature Element


Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Mainstreaming into sectors / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

The Organization has not only done gardening but has also gone into the timber and citrus fruit tree planting for these trees to hold the winds that scatter the rain clouds causing rain not to fall. Grass is no longer cut as an income generating activity since incomes received from vegetable and other sales like doormats and baskets.

Sustainable Development Impacts

Boreholes are long lasting and fruit trees are also long lasting and will sustain the communities for many years to come. Knowledge and skills learned are also for a lifetime.


If these initiatives could be expanded to national levels the country would really benefit and people will be self-sufficient in income generating activities and protect natural resources resulting in a healthy and wealthy country with fewer diseases.


These initiatives should be replicated in other parts of the country or other countries The world would be a better place to live in with all the fresh air from trees and wealthy and healthy countries. There will be less dependency on government and people will be self-sustaining.

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