Elephant Pump

Pump Aid

The Elephant Pump is a 20 meter rope pump.

Product description Brand name and product description

The Elephant Pump is a simple rope and washer pump with an enclosure which can be installed onto a protected shallow well reaching water table depth of up to 20 m.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Pump Aid have built over 9,000 pumps in communities across Malawi, Zimbabwe and Liberia. Pump Aid target small or remote communities where costly and complex water supply technologies are unsuitable including locations where drilling rigs cannot gain access and deep source pumps are too expensive for community maintenance.


Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

This product has been implemented by Pump Aid with the help of NGOs and government organizations.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

~3740 USD (3060 GBP) Converted on May 2020 per installation including maintenance.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Zimbabwe – Mvuramanzi Trust is another organization providing rope pumps in Zimbabwe. There are not many reported rope pump distributions in Malawi or Liberia.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

The pump is ideal for families and small, rural populations living on less than 1 dollar per day especially in rural areas of Malawi, Liberia and Zimbabwe.

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