Togo is a country with deep poverty and illiteracy throughout the rural areas. Basic infrastructure is lacking, such as clean water, sanitation, and access to electricity. For example, only 10% of Togo's population has access to safely managed sanitation systems for human waste. Just 20% have access to safely managed drinking water, and 11% use surface water for drinking (including Alouenou Village). Because of the lack of development, many village families endure stresses due to having little or no income except from their garden. These families cannot afford school supplies or uniforms, medical care, new clothing or even enough food, so children may go months with nothing except occasional meals of maize or rice. This leaves great deficits in their nutrition. The number of children stunted due to malnutrition in Togo is currently 25%, one out of four children, but this rate is higher in the rural villages and lower in the city.