Pilots & Projecten

Progress Report Water-Right Funds Program
as at 3th June 2012

In October and November 2011; SHIPO did a detailed survey of Njombe region communities and SACCOSs’ operations. Out of this research SHIPO selected two wards of Uwemba and Utalingolo from Njombe region, Southern Tanzania. Two SACCOS banks from the same wards were selected to work with and contracted: Twitangange SACCOS in Utalingolo Ward and Uwemba SACCOS for Uwemba Ward. Contracted were also the two installation companies UVINJO Group and Kisangani.

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De Stichting heeft in Cambodja 40 waterpompen bij ziekenhuizen en scholen geplaatst.

Na een voorbereiding van 1,5 jaar is besloten dit project te staken i.v.m.
  1. de ontwikkelde lokale markt voor electrische pompen
  2. onvoldoende samenwerking met de lokale organisaties


Het project richt zich op enkele dorpen in het zuiden van Tanzania; het project wordt gemanaged door SHIPO een lokale NGO.

Met de lokale MFI’s is een contract overeengekomen dat strikte eisen stelt aan de wijze waarop en aan wie en tegen welke voorwaarden geld geleend mag worden aan de lokale bevolking.

Bij de uitvoering van het project zijn de dorpscomitésmede uitvoerder. Het comité wordt getraind en begeleid door de partnerorganisatie SHIPO.

The water problem in Tanzania

  • In rural areas there is a strong need to increase access to water and to make it safe for drinking.
  • The offered solution is also very suitable for small scale irrigation needs

The solution

  • We can help to solve this problem with financing innovative low cost technologies and capacity building of the local private sector, leading to a self sustainable system in 4 to 6 years.
  • We can create a supply chain of affordable and maintainable rope rumps to be sold to villagers in rural areas, by creating affordable loan facilities


How will we, with our partners, do this

  • We have started a project in the Southern Region of Tanzania, to create a first point for a large scale implementation in other regions. It will indicate the best way in applying low cost technique, the organisation, the financing, the marketing and the required checks and balances.
  • After a preparation period of 12 months, the first phase of this project (Q1 2012) is started. In the next phase we will develop plans for a large scale roll-out aiming at more rope pumps and water filters in 5 years.
  • The project will introduce a specific "lease to buy" financial instrument which end users can apply for and that will bridge the initial up front investment in water facilities and increase the affordability of rope pumps and filters.
  • The project will lead to a wide scale usage of rope pumps and filters in Tanzania. It is our expectation that this can be done business wise at very low costs and lending facilities. This project is to be seen as an investment in developing a market for clean water solutions and will triple crop production for farmers.

What products do we offer in this program

  • Water pumps, well covers to avoid the contamination of wells and bring cleaner water tot the surface compared to a bucket on rope, plus water filters to make clean and safe drinking water. The rope pumps have clear advantages over existing hand pumps (UNICEF suction pumps). Rope pump have a longer life time, are less corrosive, have a bigger pump capacity at the same depth, can pump from deeper wells than other pumps and are easier to produce and maintain.
  • Siphon filters, tested and widely accepted in rural markets at a very affordable price.
  • A lease-to-buy program, executed by Micro Finance Organisations will make rope pumps more affordable for rural use The lease system allows consumers the flexibility of choosing a monthly payment scheme that suits their needs within a predefined range of 6 to 24 months. Interest will be charged at a very modest rate of around 6 % per year.

Market potential

  • Potential market in Tanzania is expected to be big
  • In certain area's in Tanzania there is a huge need for affordable water solution. Not only existing wells, but also boreholes are useful but if we also take in ponds and rivers we estimate that a least 100.000 locations need good solutions. Rope pumps will be a solution to many of these locations. The first phase will give us more information on the possibilities in other parts of the country.


  • The price of rope pumps and the siphon filter is affordable to a large group of potential clients. Prices range from USD 120,- to USD 150,- including transport, installation and taxes.
  • A large production volume will lower the product costs so that the product will become more affordable to the lower end of the market
  • We estimate that local farmer families can spend 5-10 dollars per month on a lease to buy contract for pumps that will improve their lives considerably

The results of the project will be

  • a clear idea about the market potential for rope pumps and water filters, the time frame and possible growth rates. Which rope pump and filter type is preferred by the user and why
  • Feasible price setting for rural purchasing
  • Possible distribution channels
  • Feasibility for a self sustainable system of selling and manufacturing rope pumps and filters in Tanzania (and maybe other countries).
  • The pilot must also give a better view on risk areas and the required risk prevention management.

For farmers and families the results are

  • An affordable way to increase crops considerable and the availability of clean water will result in better health for their families
  • Local people will be educated in more efficient crop techniques, using their own rope pump and the importance of hygiene.


Partners involved in this project

  • Water-Right, a Dutch non-profit organisation, has developed a method to organise a self sustaining supply chain for the production, sales, micro finance, installation and maintenance of low cost water pumps.
  • Connect International because of their expertise in that area and earlier commitment to rope pump technology This experience is useful for the introduction of rope pumps and filters.
  • Aqua for All will finance the initial setup of the system in the first two years
  • SHIPO, a local NGO with more than 10 years experience in rope pump projects in that area
  • Saccos, local Micro finance institutions executing affordable loan facilities

Project Donors

  • CCV
  • A4A
  • Stichting (name withheld)
  • Stichting Helder Water
  • Rabobank Foundation
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