This rural community does have access to electricity, but it is very expensive, especially if a family needs enough to power a pump to irrigate their crops. Many farmers rely on diesel or gasoline-powered motors to pump water to their crops, which is very costly and time consuming for the farmer to travel to obtain fuel. Those who cannot afford a generator irrigate their crops by hauling water in buckets by hand from a well or nearby river. In both cases, watering crops in the dry season is difficult due to the hot climate and lack of water accessibility, limiting the farmer’s annual yield.
With this system, Pablo Gutierrez and Daisy Centeno will reduce their production costs by eliminating the cost to pump water and increase the diversity of the crops they can grow year-round. That, in addition to an increased yield, will increase their income substantially. The extra income will have a significant impact on the family, who plan to use this money to pay school fees and make improvements to their home. Saving money with solar drip irrigation will also improve the family's overall wellbeing.
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