In many of the regions and communities we work with, families split the daily responsibilities. Traditionally, it is the men who earn the family’s income through going to work, whilst the women will collect water, stay at home, cook and look after the children.

However, sand dams and subsequent climate-smart agriculture empower women, as they become decision makers and leaders in their communities, whilst children (and parents alike) have improved nutrition at school, work and home thanks to the safe water.

The local source of water also vastly reduces the amount of time needed to collect water, giving more time and opportunity for women to develop their own income, and for their children to go to school.

Read how sand dam projects are helping women in drylands to become rural role models