Water Reservoir Construction
Funded by: UP Coffee Roasters
Chinama, is a community located at 1.300 meters above sea-level, in the District of Kanaris in the Lambayeque region, 160km from the city of Chiclayo. Coffee producers manage 01 hectare of land on average. With financial support from the Café Femenino Foundation and roasters such as UP Coffee Roasters they have been able to construct small water reservoirs (pilcas) to store water for irrigation and ensure the sustainability of crops for the support of their family: coffee, vegetables, grains, fruit trees, etc.
Six coffee producers benefitted from the pilca and are able to diversify the food crops and improve the quality of their coffee to improve their income and improve their living conditions.
The pilca is located in the Santa Elena sector and the reservoir is 15m long x 11m high and 2.80 m deep; the volume of water storage is 120m3; the water collection chamber has been built; 2” pipe has been used on a 150-meter route from the catchment to the reservoir; 4” pipe was used for the water outlet.
The funds provided for this project were for materials and technical advice; the coffee producers and community provided the enthusiasm and willingness to participate in the construction of the reservoir. They were overjoyed when they witnessed the water coming to the reservoir and ultimately down to irrigate the crops. The water reservoir assures an increase in production and quality of their cover as well as the ability to diversify the production of fruits, cereals, vegetables, quinoa and kiwicha.
The construction of the water reservoir is the newest and most beneficial project establishing the coffee producers of Chinama as leaders in their community and neighboring communities.