‘Today the children are better nourished’

Amharba Weletna works for GIZ in Chad, where water-spreading weirs are helping produce more food.

Amharba Weletna arbeitet für die GIZ im Tschad.

How has the project changed everyday life for women?
Thanks to the water-spreading weirs, women now have access to water. Many of them now cultivate gardens where they grow onions, garlic and potatoes, for instance. That improves the food supply for the entire household. We can go as far as to say that the children are better nourished today, thanks to the wide range of food available.

Is nutrition a general problem in the region?
The climate means that there is not always enough rain, and when that happens the harvests are poor. Households don’t have enough food. If they grow produce in their own gardens, they can offset shortages.

Has the additional income provided a basis for other changes?
I believe it is very important to have schools in rural regions. What the children learn from their families is not nearly enough. Schooling can also change the way people think. If families have more disposable income thanks to the project, they are more likely to send their children to school. The income also helps when children fall ill. They have access to better care if there is more money.