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.
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 hoses)
$50 USD (without hoses)interview with representative
Goal 2: Aims to improve food security and nutrition by improving yield of small-holder farmers especially of higher value crops like fruits and vegetables so as to meet the consumption needs for the family and allow for surplus for selling.
Mass produced. KickStart uses an intermediary QC and sourcing company in China to meet goals to reduce cost, control quality, and expedite supply chain managementInterview with representative
USA PatentInterview 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
32,074 units have been sold. (as of July 2016)Interview with representative
- Push water distance (flat ground): 200m
- Weight: 4.5 kg
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
- 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.
KickStart periodically takes the pump to East African Foundry Works (independent organization) for metallurgical tests. Interview with representative
No specified safety hazards.
KickStart International also offers other types of irrigation pumps such as the MoneyMaker Max Pump.
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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