KickStart MoneyMaker Hip Pump
KickStart MoneyMaker Hip Pump is a low-cost, portable, manually-operated pump designed for use in irrigation by small-scale farmers.
The MoneyMaker Hip Pump is a portable, manually-operated pump designed by KickStart International for use in irrigation by small-scale farmers. The design is based on a hand-pump attached to a hinged platform, allowing users to use their leg, body weight, and momentum. KickStart aims to help small-holder farmers to start family enterprises using the pump, thereby enabling the farmers to lift their families out of poverty.
KickStart has a presence in 16 sub-Saharan African countries.
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, 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
70 USD (with hosepipes)
50 USD (without hosepipes)interview with representative
Goal 2: Zero hunger
This product is mass produced. KickStart uses an intermediary QC and sourcing company in China to meet goals to reduce cost, control quality, and expedite supply chain management.Interview with representative
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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
As of June 2020, KickStart has sold 348,678 pumps in total. 32,074 hip pumps have been sold 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
The MoneyMaker Hip Pump can lift water from a source 7 m deep and pump water a distance of 14 m. The pump can irrigate 1.25 acres a day with a flow rate of 37.85 L/min. The pump weighs 4.5 kg and is rust-resistant.
KickStart provides technical support from their Product Development Department with regular visits to farmers who have purchased the pumps.
Available via regional distributors. Interview with representative
KickStart offers a 12-month guarantee.
KickStart designed the pump to have an efficient, ergonomic design that is easy to operate. The pump is also designed to be low-cost, lightweight, durable, portable, and rust-resistant.
Testing is performed by the manufacturer in KickStart’s Innovations Hub, which is partnered with other companies and organizations.
KickStart periodically takes the pump to East African Foundry Works (independent organization) for metallurgical tests. Interview with representative
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
KickStart International also offers other types of irrigation pumps such as the MoneyMaker Max Pump.
McComb, C., Santaeufemia, P.S., Johnson, N.G., and Shimada, K., 2014, Identifying technical and economic improvements to the MoneyMaker Hip pump through multi-objective optimization, IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2014), pp. 338-344.
Sijali, I.V. and Mwago, M.G., 2011, MoneyMaker pumps: Creating wealth in sub-saharan africa, Yes Africa Can: Success Stories from a Dynamic Continent, pp. 319-336.
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).
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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