The green and sustainable village

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The green and sustainable village: Turning disaster to an opportunity by rebuilding a village in a sustainable way

Donaye, SenegalDonaye, Senegal
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

My village was destroyed by flooding in 1999. I want to turn this disaster into an opportunity. To do so, I will leverage local know-how to put to work local resources and build a green and sustainable village..

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if local resources and know-how are combined to build a self sufficient and green community with zero unemployment and minimal pollution.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

We would like to build a green and sustainable village. To do so we will leverage local know-how to optimally use locally available resources.We envision the village as a community with an architecture in good alignment with the natural environment,. A community using local materials for building houses and infrastructures. A community practicing organic farming and using exclusively renewable energies.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Fulaani proverbe : Aadi bil aadi, salaade aadi 6uri firtude aadi. (A commitment is contract, refusing to commit is preferable to violating a commitment). Wuro Aadi based on a commitment of the villagers to live by the principles of sustainable development. Among its principles are: 1. Do not do anything that would be detrimental to the environment 2. Eat what you produce and produce what we eat 3. Promote locally available resources 4. Use the know-how of the inhabitants 5. Accept the principles of democratic governance and transparency 6. Comply with the obligation to report 7. Stay rooted in our positive values while opening up to what the rest of the world to offer To build the model village of Wuro Aadi, we chose Donaye
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Rebuild the village use local materials and local masons according to African architecture traditions. Achieve full employment by developing organic farming in an integrated approach linking farming, animal husbandry, fishing and reforestation. Adopt transparency and democratic governance with attention to gender issues and social promotion of undeserved groups. Exclusive use of renewable energies such as readily available biogaz, wind power, hydraulic and solar energy resources. Literacy and financial literacy training for all. Providing equal access to information technology and communication resources. Adherence to fair trade principles.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The first step is rebuilding the homes using the nubian vault method. Build a water efficient irrigation system using renewable energies. Practice an integrated approach of farming with the practice of agroferestry. Local transform locally grown product to add value and link to new markets to obtain fair price and increased income for the village. Overall achieve self-sufficiency.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

100 hundred families and about 1500 inhabitants will live in a happy and self sufficient green and sustainable green village. Minimal pollution and quasi null unemployment will be achieved. A proud and democratically self-administrating community will be born.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Trough economically efficient organic farming using renewable energies and the transformation of locally produced goods enough wealth and jobs will be created to guarantee sustainability.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

This project differentiate itself by fully trusting the community to be the holder of the solutions to its well-being. It is our believe that there are are sufficient readily locally available resources and know-how, it is just a matter of aligning them right as the AADI village wants it.

Founding Story

I was raised according the Fulaani principle «Living for oneself is no big deal, the real deal is living for one’s community". From as far I remember, I lived according to this principle. Where I grew up, there were no professional masons or carpenter. Building homes for those in the age of having one was everybody's job. As a child I did my share of this. We did not have security forces or firefighters, it was everybody's job and I was involved. When I became a teen right at the beginning of middle school I was involved with literacy campaign in Fulaani. I created the first formal grassroots association of my village that through sensitization and volunteer work overcame a twenty five year


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