Elephant Pump


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 20m.

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

Pump Aid’s 2012-2013 Impact Report states that they have built over 8,500 pumps in communities across Malawi, Zimbabwe and Liberia, predominantly in areas where there were previously no protected water sources.


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

PumpAid with the help of NGOs and government organizations.

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

About $4,760 USD per installation includes on-going 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 isn’t much reported rope pump distribution 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)

Focus on rural population living on less than 1 dollar per day especially in rural areas of Malawi (Mchinhi District), Liberia and Zimbabwe. The Rope Pump is not designed for a high daily output, but rather a family or small community pump.

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