SHIPO Tube Well Drilling

Southern Highlands Participatory Organisation (SHIPO)

Southern Highlands Participatory Organisation (SHIPO) is a manual drilling service and training provider. The SHIPO Tube Well Drilling methodology is a variant of the Baptist method which combines percussion, sludging and jetting depending on regional soil conditions to create boreholes for accessing groundwater. SHIPO aims to reduce costs with a do-it-yourself alternative to costly drilling rigs via reliable training, appropriate equipment, and drilling work to its customers. The aim of manual drilling is self-supply so that families can increase income through water for animals, irrigation etc.

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Product description

Southern Highlands Participatory Organisation (SHIPO) is a manual drilling service and training provider. The SHIPO Tube Well Drilling methodology is a variant of the Baptist method which combines percussion, sludging and jetting depending on regional soil conditions to create boreholes for accessing groundwater. SHIPO aims to reduce costs with a do-it-yourself alternative to costly drilling rigs via reliable training, appropriate equipment, and drilling work to its customers. The aim of manual drilling is self-supply so that families can increase income through water for animals, irrigation etc.

Target region(s)

Tanzania and Malawi primarily for borehole drilling. The training center also has customers in: Angola, Burkina Faso, Congo, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Distributors/implementing organizations

The Southern Highlands Participatory Organisation (SHIPO), a Tanzanian Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Njombe, Tanzania.

Market suggested retail price

The cost of a complete SHIPO drill set to 40 meters deep is $500 USD. The cost of a hand drilled well and a pump can go up to $1,500 USD for a community of 150 people.

Competitive landscape

Diesel powered portable drill rigs, Village Drill, Hand digging

Target user(s)

Village communities of approximately 250 people who need water for drinking water, sanitation, irrigation and livestock. This technology is suitable for communal wells or for self-supply wells at the family level.

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