Using Clean Energy For Water Access and Improved Livelihoods

Ahmed Hassan Hersi, 39, boasts 26 goats and 58 camels which besides being his pride are his main source of income. Life for the father of seven entails looking after his family as well as his 84 livestock in equal measure. Providing pasture and water for his animals is what Hersi lives for in Inagabile, a village about 70km away from Abudwak District sequestered in Somalia’s Galguduud region with limited access to transport. Water is scarce and the small water tank in the village is rarely sufficient for both human and livestock consumption.

“In many occasions, I had to fetch water for my family and livestock from the nearby villages 6km from here, and when the drought hits, the animals are first to succumb to thirst and hunger…”

Ahmed Hersi

“In many occasions, I had to fetch water for my family and livestock from the nearby villages 6km from here, and when the drought hits, the animals are first to succumb to thirst and hunger. The cows are usually the first to die, then the goats. The Camels can survive for a while,” says Hersi.   

Hersi’s wife leads one of their camels to the animal water trough and water kiosk

Like Hersi, approximately 300 households living in Inagabile Village largely depend on their livestock. Intervening for the residents, NAPAD with funding from its partners, Medico International and the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) constructed two animal troughs, a water kiosk, water tank and a solar pump.

Some of Hersi Camels drinking water from the animal trough

Before solar installation for water pumping , residents used a motor generator to pump water from the borehole which consumed a lot of fuel. The installation of solar panels in Inagabile helped not only in providing clean, safe and accessible water from the borehole, but reduced usage of the fossil fuels which emit toxins and global warming emissions.

“We didn’t have money to buy fuel and most of the times the generator was shut off due to lack of fuel,” says Hersi.

The project which sought to protect livelihoods and provide water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions for vulnerable communities provided support for Inagabile residents between June 2019 and February 2020. By using clean solar energy to pump water for about 300 households and 15,000 livestock, Inagabile residents now have access to 60,000 liters of clean and affordable water everyday.

“There’s plenty of water now within the village. I never thought I would go back to being a farmer…”

AHMED HERSI
Residents fetch water from the Inagabile Village water kiosk

“There’s plenty of water now within the village. I never thought I would go back to being a farmer, but now I am considering another source of income through farming.”

For families like Hersi’s, the construction of  new water troughs, water tank and the water kiosk not only means access to safe, clean drinking water, but is a sign that their home town is starting to build.

“The situation here is very good now, the water issue has been resolved and I can start working on the basic needs to support my family. I thank God that through NAPAD in partnership with its donors that our prayers have been answered. I urge you to continue the goodwill and help more people to get access to clean and affordable water,” says Hersi.