Rain for Sahel and Sahara

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Location: Niger
Key(s): Access to Food and Water, Education, Economic Empowerment

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN) partners with rural and nomadic peoples in Niger, with a strong focus on women and girls, to enable resilient, self-sufficient communities. RAIN envisions a world where even the most hard-to-reach communities have the resources to become resilient to the shocks and stresses they face. They seek to ensure these ancient communities persist by equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and infrastructure to create enduring and relevant livelihoods. Their programs provide the building blocks for community resilience by enabling climate-adaption strategies; developing sustainable, local economies; and building stronger community-support networks.

Mission: Rain for the Sahel and Sahara forges partnerships with rural and nomadic peoples of Niger to enable enduring and relevant livelihoods through access to education and opportunity.


Developments of 2018-2019

The Nassile and Tagantassou gardens produced over 46,000 lbs. of crops enabling the women in the program to feed their families and contribute to nutritious and diverse diets across their communities.

Despite a difficult harvest year nationally, our local gardeners produced enough food to sustain themselves and even sell surplus crops for an additional profit.

  • Gardeners in Tagantassou increased the group’s income to bring in 411% of the previous year’s earnings (150,000 fCFA) to contribute to their economic independence and garden sustainability.

  • Nassilé gardeners engaged in additional income generating activities to earn 274% of the previous year’s total (594,050 fCFA) – their increased earning power was due in large part to a new cereal bank initiative (271,900 fCFA with stock remaining).

Installed two borehole wells (50+ meters deep) with solar powered submersible pumps – RAIN’s first wells with this more sustainable and efficient technology.

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