MoneyMaker Hip Pump

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The MoneyMaker Hip Pump, launched in 2006, is a lightweight, easy-to-use pressure pump that can irrigate three-quarter acre over an eight-hour period, pulling water from a depth of six meters and lifting it to a height of thirteen meters above the water source. In the first ten months, more than 1,400 units have been bought by fledgling family farming businesses. On average, users of the Hip Pump have increased their net farm income by over $125, tripling their initial investment of $34 after three or four months. According to KickStart, micro-irrigation products such as the Hip Pump are among the quickest and most cost-effective ways to help people out of poverty.

  • DESIGNERS: Martin Fisher, Alan Spybey, Mohamed Swaleh, and Frederick Obudho
  • MANUFACTURER: KickStart International
  • Kenya and China, 2005
  • Mild steel, PVCHDPE (high density polyethylene)
  • DIMENSIONS: 32”h x 14”w x 27”d
  • IN USE IN: Kenya, Tanzania, and Mali


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