IN-Vita operates principally to improve the quantity and quality of the sources and distribution of the principal element of LIFE (VITA), water, working in the villages that have either none or little. The project also promotes, as a secondary objective, the development of literacy with incentives to families to increase attendance at educational courses and the creation of first aid structures to dispense essential health care.
IN-Vita plans to help some villages located in the Vallèe du Serpent area, notoriously one of the three zones of Mali with the worst underground hydrological resources, where the lack of water drastically limits the possibilities of survival and growing crops.
We involve the village community, by asking collaboration (workforce), making them responsible for the management of works, and by teaching them how to operate on the plants in order to assimilate a management and organizational logic.
The Committee has to manage the community fund: it’s a very challenging part because the populations of these villages are not accustomed to manage and preserve the technologies needed to maintain efficient the various wells, solar panels and pumps
Each village requires a Management Committee responsible for the works and for the monitoring of the maintenance works, the village workforce and it also acts as intermediary with IN-VITA in Italy.
The aim of the project is to allow villages to be more independent in the maintenance of new implants. Training has involved two young people per village and was based on theory regarding hand pumps and fotovoltaic implants functioning, followed by in loco practice.
IN-Vita’s specific targets became the reconditioning of the wells which are not working and the boring of new, more modern and deeper wells, obtained through drilling (“forage”). These new wells have a higher water capacity and will be supplied with large water towers (“chateau d’eau), as well as photovoltaic panels to operate the electric pumps.
Furthermore IN-Vita introduced in Mali the “women microcredit“, contributing to support women’s emancipation and independence, considering they live in inhuman conditions in Africa.
The pilot project was led by Zangarbala, where the economy is based on goats business and where 45 women could purchase, with our economic help, 25 rams that have then been resold with profit. It was so successful that the operation has been repeated a second time, in the same place.
The return of money has allowed to extend the credit to women who live in Karfabougou and today we are taking the project to Kamalendougu.
Mali is a land-locked state in West Africa. It borders Algeria in the North, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast in the South, Niger in the East and Guinea, Senegal and Mauritania in the West.
The capital is Bamako. The country covers an area of 1,240,142 km2. It is mostly flat and is divided between the Sahara Desert in the North and savannah in the South. The population, of about 14 million, is concentrated mainly in the South, where the Niger river flows. Mali is a Presidential Republic. The most widely spoken language is Bambara, but French is also commonly used.