The Gourmantche of Niger still follow their traditional belief systems, though some have converted to Islam. Most families farm rice and raise cattle. The landscape in which they live, however, makes it hard to sustain life. Dry and arid desert means that often the Gourmantche must travel long distances to get water. Often each family can only grow enough rice to sustain themselves, with little left over to sell at profit. Literacy rates continue to be low among the Gourmantche, although increasing efforts are underway to improve school availability and attendance.

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