The solar irrigation scheme that’s rewriting farmers’ life stories

Droughts caused by climate change mean crop failures and hardship. Farming in Zimbabwe has never been so tough.

Farmers like Marvis (left) struggled to grow enough to feed their families. Their dry fields desperately needed irrigation, but the costs of diesel pumps and fuel meant this was beyond their reach, as well as being harmful to the environment.

The poor returns from her farm meant that Marvis had to sell her livestock just to keep afloat.

Practical Action has been helping through the establishment of a solar energy supply that is powering up farms and businesses.

Crop yields have doubled or even trebled. For Marvis this means she has enough to feed her family, with surplus to sell at market, providing money for school fees and other essentials.

Practical Action’s approaches are helping hardworking farmers to transform their lives and livelihoods. With your support, we can help more farmers like Marvis to succeed.

Let’s create change that’s anything but normal. Where smallholder farmers can earn a decent living while protecting the environment. Where the world works better for everyone.

“I have become an irrigation champion. I have had constant growth of my knowledge, it makes me feel happy and proud.”

Marvis, Zimbabwe

Green energy transforming lives

The solar mini-grid powering irrigation to Marvis’s fields has had a positive impact on almost every aspect of life for 10,000 people in the area. It’s improving incomes, health and education, creating a vibrant economy and society.

Watch the video to find out just how transformative it has been for so many people.