Updated on August 9, 2020


Created on August 29, 2016

Kickstart MoneyMaker Max Pump

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KickStart MoneyMaker Max Pump is a low-cost, human-powered treadle pump designed for use in irrigation by small scale farmers.

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Product Description

The MoneyMaker Max Pump is a low-cost, human-powered treadle pump designed by KickStart International for use in irrigation by small scale farmers. KickStart aims to help small-holder farmers to start family enterprises using these pumps, thereby enabling the farmers to lift their families out of poverty.

Market Suggested Retail Price


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

In the countries surrounding each hub, KickStart maintains a lighter staff footprint and works through networks of partners and distributors that include: NGOs, Governments, Churches, Farmer Organisations, UN Agencies and Bodies, Agricultural dealers and local distributors. Interview with representative Burro brand is a major distributor of the pump, details of other distributors in each country can be found on the MoneyMaker pumps website.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Mass produced. KickStart uses an intermediary quality control and sourcing company in China to meet goals to reduce cost, control quality, and expedite supply chain management. Interview with representative

Intellectural Property Type

Patent Protected

User Provision Model

Pumps can be purchased in Kickstart's five country programs (Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana and Mali) via local agro dealers, retailers, distributors and partnership arrangements with organisations. For other countries, purchases are made through KickStart's Global Institutional Partners. Kickstart’s supply chain incorporates realistic margins made by or mirroring the private sector.Interview with representative

Distributions to Date Status

20,907 (as of July 2016) Interview with representative About 348,678 MoneyMaker pumps have been sold

Pump type

Human powered treadle pump

Irrigation capacity (acre)

2 acres

Maximum flow rate (L/min)

60 L/min

Maximum lift/head (m)

14 m

Required pressure (MPa)


Maximum distance from water source (m)

200 m

Power source


Power requirement: Max power (W)

N/A (manual powered)

Power requirement: Max motor current (A)

N/A (manual powered)

Power requirement: Voltage range (V)

N/A (manual powered)

Design Specifications

Design specifications:

  • Ergonomic design: Two-cylinder, foot operated treadle pedals with handlebars
  • Pumping Rate: 60 L/min
  • Push water distance (flat ground): 200 m
  • Max. pumping height: 14 m
  • Irrigation Capacity: 2 acres/day
  • Weight: 16 kg

Technical Support

KickStart provides technical support from their Product Development Department with regular visits to farmers who have purchased the pumps. Users can also contact KickStart through their website to be connected with local distributors and dealers for access to spare parts.

Replacement Components

Spare parts are included with the initial purchase and via regional distributors such as Masagala Global Enterprises.


3 year expected lifespan on most MoneyMaker products. 12-months money-back guarantee from KickStart on purchase. Comes with a 1 year warranty if purchased from Burro.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Performance targets:

  • High performance.
  • Efficient and ergonomic design.
  • Low-cost, light weight solution.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Increases farm yield
  • Irrigates crops easier and quicker
  • Useful for household and animal water needs
  • Easy to install, operate, and maintain without tools
  • Strong, durable and portable
  • Rust resistant with guaranteed quality.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing is performed by the manufacturer in KickStart’s Innovations Hub, which is partnered with other companies and organizations. Various internal and external studies have been performed regarding the impact of KickStart's MoneyMaker pumps (both the Hip and Max pump). These did not specifically measure the pumps' performances, but instead measured their impact. Findings included that "93% of women reported feeling empowered as a result of owning and using a pump" (US State Department), "On average, families doubled their overall household income from $2,565 to $5,240 in just 12 months" (US State Department), "Women with pumps were 50% less likely to be underweight" (Cornell University), "Pump users increased income from irrigation by 10 times" (UCSF HIV STUDY) and "170% more farmers can afford and are using improved seeds" (Rockefeller Foundation).


Injury is possible with moving foot pedals.

Complementary Technical Systems

Hose and sprayer set (10m inlet, 25m outlet, and sprayer).

Academic Research and References

Kay, M. and Brabben, T., 2000, Treadle pumps for irrigation in Africa. Rome: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Knowledge Synthesis Report No. 1.

Kariuki, S.W., 2013, Determination Of Factors Affecting Adoption Of Treadle Pump And Assessment Of Its Impact On Household Income Of Farmers In Western Kenya. Doctoral dissertation, University of Nairobi.

Sijali, I.V., Mwago, M.G., 2011, MoneyMaker pumps: Creating wealth in sub-saharan africa. Yes Africa Can: Success Stories from a Dynamic Continent, P. Chuhan-Pole, and M. Angwafo, eds., The World Bank, pp. 319-336.

Sims, B. G., Bhatti, A. M., Mkomwa, S., Kienzle, J., 2012, Development of mechanization options for smallholder farmers: examples of local manufacturing opportunities for sub-Saharan Africa. International Conference of Agricultural Engineering.

Compliance with regulations

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has appointed the private company SGS to handle inspection in China by issuing Certificate of Conformity. Interview with representative SGS is authorized to provide Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) which is compulsory for customs clearance, verifies that your products meet all quality, health, safety and environmental standards for Kenyans.

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