Innovative rainwater harvesting empowers women in Gujarat, India.

Prolonged dry spells and unseasonal rainfall in the western state of Gujarat in India has resulted in drought-like conditions or water-logging in many fields, leading to the destruction of crops. This has seriously threatened underprivileged female farmers whose livelihood depends on the monsoon. In such situations, ‘Bhungroo’ technology appeared as a lifesaver.

Bhungroo is an innovative rainwater-harvesting technique that stores excess rainfall underground, making it more accessible for farming, and pumps it out for use during dry spells. The massive underground reservoir can hold as much as 40 million liters of rainwater. It harvests water for about ten days in a year and can supply water for as long as seven months.

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