Niger

As the largest country in West Africa, Niger has over two billion cubic meters of drinkable water available underground; the problem is, few can afford to build systems and bring it to the surface.

More than half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line. Between the desert landscape and shortage of clean water, farming—and life—are difficult throughout the country. Which is part of the reason that Niger consistently ranks near last on the U.N. Human Development Index.

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About Niger

  • 17,160,000 population
  • 58% lack access to water
  • 96% lack access to sanitation
  • 59.5% live below poverty line