African Women Turn Once-Devastating Floodwaters Into Gardens

Huff Post: Emilie Faye is no stranger to flooding. The walls in her home are discolored from rainwater and past floods in her community, a suburb of Dakar, Senegal, have driven water levels up to the seat of her couch, she told Reuters.

But the Senegalese woman is now using the results of devastating natural disasters to build her entrepreneurial skills.

Faye has taken a leading role in the “Live With Water” project — an initiative thatgrows crops from trapped excess water when the region floods — as Reuters reported. According to Faye, she and her daughter make about $22 a month from selling crops grown in the basins, like basil and mint.

She said that money goes toward school fees and medical supplies.

“Before, one had to accept that houses here flood,” Faye told Reuters. “But this projectopened our eyes to see there is a solution.”

Her city, Pikine, has benefited from a water system produced by architecture company Mandu. The firm helped implement a surface drainage system that empties and filtrates floodwaters, creating a reservoir and green space in the middle of town.

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