Kickstart MoneyMaker Max Pump
KickStart MoneyMaker Max Pump is a low-cost, human-powered treadle pump designed for use in irrigation by small scale farmers.
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.
The organisation has three main hubs across Africa. Kenya serves as the organization’s operational headquarters of the East Africa hub which serves Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda. Zambia is KickStart’s headquarter for the Southern Africa hub (Zambia, Angola, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe). Ghana serves the West Africa hub (Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal) Interview with representative
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
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
US Patent. Interview with representative
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
20,907 (as of July 2016) Interview with representative
Description of the pump type
Land size irrigation capacity, measured in acres
The amount of water discharged, measured in liters per minute
Maximum length of pipe from pump to the raised tank, measured in meters
The amount of pressure required to pump water, measured in MPa
The maximum length of pipe from the water source, measured in meters
Type of energy used to power the pump
Maximum power requirement, measured in watts
Maximum motor current, measured in amperes
Power required to run the pump, measured in voltage
- 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
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.
- 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.
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.
Hose and sprayer set (10m inlet, 25m outlet, and sprayer).
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.
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.
Implementation studies have been conducted by the World Bank, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
The World Bank’s “Yes Africa Can” narrative report concluded that “MoneyMaker pump, a farmer can grow and sell enough additional produce to make considerable progress from poverty toward middle class.” ICRW’s report, “How Technology Can Advance Women Economically” stated that, “Women customers report that the pumps increased their agricultural productivity, allowed them to grow high-value crops, and increased their families’ average annual net income by…$1,000 for KickStart pumps.”
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