And it’s the cleanest-tasting water in all of Namibia. Really.
The farm is now connected to a line that disburses water from a community-accessed borehole. We pay a monthly rate for water during grow season and no fee if not using water. This 5,000-liter reserve will be the main water source. The borehole is pumped twice a week, and we will refill the reserve as needed.
It may not appear to be a big deal, placing this tank into position, but let me assure you that it is.
For me, the amazement is greater knowing that the bricks used to build the water tank stand, and stone used for the cement, all get into place and onsite due to the generous support from community members.
Not having transportation limits my ability to manage and keep pace with construction. I often have to walk from one end of the community to another to find a person with a vehicle, or to purchase things needed that are available locally. Walking such distances can take 2-3 hours, and I am at the mercy of people who may feel compelled to help me or charge me excessively because they know I have no other option. It is only by grace and favor that we have made it this far.
I remain convinced that despite challenges, we can create a company that is efficient at growing quality foods using a well-developed and sustainable method.