iDE Rope Pump

iDE

Hand-operated pump for accessing water when the water table depth is out of reach of suction pumps, up to 35m.

Product description

Hand-operated pump for accessing water when the water table depth is out of reach of suction pumps, up to 35m.

Target region(s)

Regions in Ethiopia where the water table is too deep to access with other pumps.

A number of rope pumps have been deployed in Bangladesh  (dated 2002)

Distributors/implementing organizations

iDE manufactures the pumps to be distributed by various businesses serving farmers.

iDE implements their own product as part of the Rural Prosperity Initiative II (RPI-II) program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Market suggested retail price

Pump costs vary based on well depth. The greatest variation of 6-22 meter depth was $66.77-85.86 USD (1400-1800 ETB as of 2008).
IDE aim to keep the combined cost of a hand-drilled borehole and pump to below $167.00 USD (3,500 ETB), including installation. The cost of the pump itself is kept below $100. They are able to do this because they source and negotiate for materials in bulk and the producer buys them from the centralised IDE store.

Competitive landscape

Vergnet Hydropump, U3M, Afridev, India Mark II, Volanta, Tany, Bush Pump, Elephant Pump

Target user(s)

Smallholder farmers in need of micro-irrigation technologies

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