Water Tower in the desert of Mauritania. Over 50% of the population has no access to drinking water
Water Towers in the desert of Mauritania.
Maria Moutsaeb posing in front of the CDS energy shop of Bjelware. She is in charge of it during this month and sells the food stored in the fridge powered by solar panels. Each quarter, the proceeds from the sales are reinvested in the village.
A solar light at the entrance of Etvachitt’s mosque. The village is equipped with 4 similar street lamps, which created convenient places for exchanges and discussion at night, as the village does not have any other light sources.
Inside CDS enegy shop in Bourat Elmedine. The sonar panels, set up on the roofs, produce electricity and power one fridge, lighting and mobile phone chargers. It is the only surrounding power source. 30 mobile phones are charged every day.
CDS team is explaining how to use the solar television kit, implemented in the village of Bjelware. The kit is made of one solar panel and one television screen. The village schoolteacher wants one of these TV kits to watch world news
Inside a border post near Boghé, electrified by CDS. Solar electricity is used for lighting but also for powering one computer, which makes it easier to control border crossings.
CDS teams give a demonstration of their solar kit in the village of Wabonde, deprived of electricity. A solar lamp lasts at least 5 years and costs 25€, which amounts to the price of a classic flashlight and its battery for 1 year.
A hardware seller takes out of his store a solar panel still packed. Traditionally they sell low quality and durability panels. CDS offers more upscale products and consulting to installation.
A child takes an ice creamfrom one of the freezers powered by the solar kit. When the inhabitants of this village kill a sheep, they can keep the meat for several months. Solar energy is their only source of electricity.
Two girls posing near the freezers powered by solar panels in the village of Dioullom.
Soccer field of the club Oasis near Nouakchott. This high-end club, offering a soccer field, a swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant, uses exclusively low power LED lights for their lighting. They should soon use solar lamps.
A solar powered TV inside a border post located near the Senegal River. 10 remote border posts are electrically supplied thanks to CDS’s solar panels.
Children working on their homework late at night, in Bjelware. The light lasts at least 5 years and costs 25 euros, the price of a classic lamp and its battery for one year only.
Sidi Khalifou, CDS’ executive director, on the roof of his house near a solar water heater. He took over this family-run business in 2007 and expanded its scope. After his studies in France, he came back and worked in Mauritania.
Sidi Khalifou walks with his children on a beach near Nouakchott. Graduated enginee in France, he came back to work in Mauritania; First in NGOs before taking over CDS, a family-run business.
A woman and her child. In rural areas, over 50% of people lack access to safe drinking water. On average women spend 2 hours a day to fetch water. CDS currently provides water to 972 families.
CDS teams’ monthly meeting. The decision-making process is transparent, and the employees rapidly gain significant responsibilities within the company. Most of the Mauritanian ethnic groups are represented in the staff.
The guard employed by CDS is getting dressed up. CDS has created 20 permanent jobs in its headquarters. The average wage is 161€ per month, which represents twice the national minimum wage. 16 local suppliers work with the company.
Diallo in CDS office in Boghé. He supervises the water equipment implemented in the surrounding villages. CDS has created 19 jobs of this kind in the country. A year ago, Diallo was the victim of a motorbike accident and CDS ensured his salary during 6 months.
An employee is resting on the rooftop of the office after lunchtime. This is where the employees have their lunch. The company covers 50% of the cost for lunch.
A woman waters her vegetable garden in the morning. She started the garden after CDS provided water access in the village. It became a passion and she convinced the leaders of the village to create a similar garden for the whole village.
The gardens generate almost 6,000€ of income per year by selling the vegetables. The average annual income per rural household is 400€ per year.
Women are chatting after watering their vegetable garden, near Kaedie. CDS provides water access thanks to solar pumps. CDS supplies water for 4 similar gardens in the village.
In the village of Zemzem, a farmer gives water to his goats. His son keeps the second half of the herd further away in the distance. Each of these yellow barrels had to be carried by donkeys.
Bamba, an engineer working at CDS, comes down from the water tower of Djabeni Gandega. In the rural areas, the State cannot always ensure water access and delegates these services to private companies.
A woman is leaving a house connected to the water supply, in Djabeni Gandega. Only a few houses in the village are connected. Otherwise people use the village water pump.
Near the water pump, the teams of CDS are talking with a woman who has not paid her bills for 3 months. They threaten to cut the water supply after they discovered water has been used to build bricks. Water costs about 5 cents per 20 liters.
A herd of cows on the move in the Mauritanian desert. Water access is crucial for the rural populations and their animals… Households consume about 200 liters of water per day, which represents the consumption of one single person in France.
A public tap and an hydrant woman in Tekech. The taps are locked in her absence. It costs 5 cents to fill can of 20 liters. Before, the villages used the water from the river and suffered from many diseases.
Repair and maintenance of the heat engine powering the water pumps in the village of Roty. In rural areas, the State cannot always ensure water access and therefore delegates these services to private companies such as CDS.
Brick production in Zem Zem. Water access makes it possible to develop new economic activities such as this. Among all the villages CDS supplies with water, 40,000 bricks are produced every year, and 10 new jobs created.