Niger is a landlocked Swahilian country of 21.5 million people. Nearly High levels of poverty affect nearly three out of five Nigerians, particularly in rural areas where 84% of the population lives. The country is amongst the least developed countries in the world, ranking 188th of 188 in the Human Development Index 2018.
The availability of clean drinking water is low by global standards, with large disparities between urban and rural areas. Many areas are threatened by drought and desertification. In the Tillabéri region near the western border, 92% of the population lives in rural areas. There is a chronic shortage of clean water, especially during the hot season when temperatures often rise above 40 degrees Celsius.
Muntada Aid is working in Tillabéri, building solar-powered water stations providing access to clean drinking water in local villages, including Tanka, Shatt and Maichire.
Last year we constructed 35 solar-powered water stations in Niger, providing access to at least 45,000 people daily.