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Solar Boreholes, Irrigated Crops Throw Lifeline to Kenyan Herders

At the only borehole with water for miles around, the troughs are under siege in Saretho village as hundreds of camels, cattle, sheep and goats await their turn.

On the other side of the solar-powered well, women and children fetch water for household use, loading 20-litre jerry cans onto donkeys or dragging them off home.

On a single day, thousands of livestock drink here, while hundreds of people collect water.

Two years ago, the scene would have been different. Without the solar-powered pump they have now, the villagers found the local boreholes difficult and costly to operate.

But since the Kenya Red Cross installed a solar system in 2014, they no longer have problems getting water.

Ian Southwell

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