How it began
The Bekaa area struggles with serious water issues. Water is not reaching all the agricultural areas of the region including the village of Bechwet, where 90% of its residents depend on agriculture. Bechwet lacks irrigation canals, which makes farmers obliged to buy water - a costly endeavor of 50,000LL per hour - or alternatively, leave Bechwet to work in the suburbs of Beirut. Nevertheless, Bechwet has a collective water pond that can serve their needs; they lack the network that can connect the source of water to their lands.
How it worked
The project consisted of introducing PET’s, which increased the amount of water provided to the agricultural lands. This project therefore decreased the costs of production by 40,000LL; making the water cost 10,000LL per hour instead of 50,000LL. In addition, this project would increase production and the competitiveness of Bechwet in the market. These PET’s would connect a pond to fertile cultivated lands of the village of Bechwet for optimum production that is greatly needed.