Most of Beit Mattar residents are farmers. They rely on agriculture as the main source of income. The existing concrete irrigation canal collecting water from the Yammouneh Spring turned completely dry in the summer, causing the crops to wither. A 75 x 40m pond collected water during the winter, preserving it for the dry season. However, the pond was not easily accessible, making the summer a dead season. Building an irrigation canal would allow the farmers to grow new types of produce such as vegetables and fruits.
How it Worked
As Live Lebanon’s Green Lebanon Campaign, we installed a 2.5 km drip irrigation network connecting farms to the pond. The installation of the irrigation network provided farmers with the water they need to sustain their crops and increased the village’s production during the 3-month long dry season.