Updated on January 31, 2024


Created on August 27, 2015

KickStart MoneyMaker Hip Pump

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KickStart MoneyMaker Hip Pump is a low-cost, portable, manually-operated pump designed for use in irrigation by small-scale farmers.

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Product Description

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.

Target SDGs

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

SDG 1: No Poverty

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community

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

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturing/Building Method

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

Intellectural Property Type


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

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

Pump type

Human-powered pump

Irrigation capacity (acre)

1.25 acres

Maximum flow rate (L/min)

37.85 L/min

Maximum lift/head (m)

7 m

Required pressure (MPa)


Maximum distance from water source (m)

14 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

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.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

KickStart provides technical support from their Product Development Department with regular visits to farmers who have purchased the pumps.

Replacement Components

Available via regional distributors. Interview with representative


KickStart offers a 12-month guarantee.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

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.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing is performed by the manufacturer in KickStart's Innovations Hub, which is partnered with other companies and organizations.


No known safety hazards are related to this product.

Complementary Technical Systems

KickStart International also offers other types of irrigation pumps such as the MoneyMaker Max Pump.

Academic Research and References

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.

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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