Sustainable development of two rural communities

The project aims to sustainably improve the health, nutrition and livelihoods of two rural communities using environmentally appropriate technology. CREATE! will use culturally and environmentally adapted methods and further expand its proven model of integrated community development. More specifically it will develop infrastructures to improve access to water for agriculture and household use; train and organise community members on sustainable organic agricultural and animal husbandry practices, and train women in financial literacy, leadership skills, project management and Voluntary Savings and Lending Associations (VSLAs). The project also includes installing rainwater harvesting systems for irrigation purposes and plans to plant 20,000 trees annually.

Founded in 2008, CREATE! is a registered nonprofit organization in the USA. It develops sustainable projects in Senegal in partnership with rural communities, working closely with them to identify and meet their needs. projects are organized into four core project sectors: water, cooperative community gardens, renewable energy, and income generation.




Community Development / Environment / Education / Health


July 2024 - June 2028


Lohene and Keur Mandongo / Senegal

With whom




15.8 million (2018)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,410/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
47% (2011)

Literacy rate
69% (2017)

Human Development Index
164th out of 189 countries (2018)

Senegal has been among Africa’s most stable countries, with three major peaceful political transitions since independence in 1960. Despite significant economic growth and decades of political stability, Senegal still faces serious development challenges. More than one third of the population lives below the poverty line, and 75 percent of families suffer from chronic poverty. The agriculture sector is dominated by subsistence farming, with limited access to good quality seeds and fertilizers, technology, finance and credit, agricultural insurance and post-harvest storage techniques. With 70 percent of the crops being rain-fed, the sector is highly vulnerable to climate shocks, which have severe impacts on the availability and prices of food. Gender disparities remain widespread in the country, especially in rural areas where traditional and religious practices like early and forced marriage cause girls to drop out of school, reduce their productivity and perpetuate the cycle of inequality. The lack of employment and business opportunities in agriculture is a driver of migration, which leads to urbanization and emigration.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.