In an attempt to help reduce the global water shortage, strengthen the local economy, create jobs and prevent migration from rural areas, PumpMakers GmbH have successfully installed ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) solar pumps in Africa and Europe. Operational since 2012, these DIY pumps are the creation of Austrian well builder Dietmar Stuck, who has been active in the water well drilling industry in Europe, Australia and Africa since 2000 and has installed several hundred drinking water wells.
Now, PumpMakers has launched the Pumpmakers Platform, a virtual marketplace that helps people help themselves by providing individuals, local companies, NGOs and volunteers with free access to the easy-to-use DIY solar pump and a global network to implement projects for everyone where there is a need of water. The pump works independently from wind and fuel and is an ideal substitute for conventional systems that are often too expensive or require a lot of maintenance.
A single pump system provides up to 1,000 people a day with clean drinking water. Building on the success of the first projects, the new PumpMakers’ projects are being implemented in Somalia, Morocco, Zambia, Cameroon and Tanzania. Furthermore, PumpMakers are on the lookout for new project entries and water wells as well as existing sources of water with and without water pumps (e.g. hand pumps or diesel-powered water pumps) which may be replaced by or equipped with a DIY solar pump.
The new platform offers local companies and startup entrepreneurs a straightforward business model and the support they need. Just basic DIY skills and a few parts that are readily available locally are required to assemble and install the solar pump. The pump kit, piston and gear unit as well as suitable tools or advertising material can be purchased via the web shop of the multilingual PumpMakers Platform. The parts needed for the pump tower can either be obtained locally or via the web shop. Videos and images provide step-by-step assembly instructions.