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PUMPMAKERS: Provide water & work to tackle poverty!

Sankt Veit an der Glan, AustriaSomalia
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

A virtual marketplace that helps people help themselves, provides individuals, entrepreneurs & NGOs with access to the world's first DIY Solar Pump. The positive effects: it helps reduce the global water shortage, strengthens the local economy and creates jobs.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

...we can end poverty worldwide with knowledge & education?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

WORLDWIDE WATER CRISIS: Almost 800mn people have no access to safe drinking water. The UN estimates that by 2025 up to 1.8bn people will be living in countries or regions with extreme water scarcity. About two-thirds of the world’s population will be affected by the consequences of our global water shortage. The reliance on common water pump systems that are simply unsuitable for the local conditions adds to this global water crisis.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The world's first DIY SOLAR PUMP - a cost-effective and a sustainable solution. It - incurs no running costs, - uses renewable solar energy, - efficiently pumps up to a depth of 100m/300ft, - allows water to be pumped at night, using the optional hand pump, - requires NO maintenance at all (high-quality maintenance-free materials make this possible), - is salt water resistant to avoid corrosion to the piston unit, - is affordable and can be manufactured all over the world to foster local economic development, - and can easily be assembled locally with local skills and parts. Distributed via the online PUMPMAKERS PLATFORM, it will provide more than 2bn people worldwide with water & work in the most effective and sustainable way.


Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award 2015, Vote for a better planet Award 2015, Green Business Award 2014, T-Mobile TUN Fonds 2014, Ben &Jerrys Core 2013, TEDx Speaker 2013, Innovation-Slot 2012, Social Impact Award 2011, build! Idea Award 2011
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

In the Maasai region we saw people walk over 30 miles a day searching for scarce amounts of water for their families. We saw broken hand pumps because of a lack of maintenance. We saw fuel-driven water pumps not working because of the lack of money to run them. And, existing water wells were useless. These terrible conditions sparked the idea for a solar-powered water pump that avoids all these disadvantages - the DIY SOLAR PUMP - and that can easily be manufactured locally by entrepreneurs, companies and organizations - via the online PUMPMAKERS PLATFORM. For the first time ever, a solar pump system can be manufactured on the African continent.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

REFERENCE PROJECT: Pumpmakers solar pumps have been supplying the remote village Ndzofuine near Chidenguele in Mozambique with clean drinking water since 2012. With a capacity of up to 5,000 litres of water being pumped out from a depth of 80m each day, the system has opened the door to a brighter future for some 800 local people. WORK UPDATE: DIY Solar Pumps are in operation since 2010. End of 2015 we finished the online development and started the Pumpmakes Platform. In October/November 2015 we sold 15 DIY Solar Pumps to companies and organizations from Somalia, Marocco, Zambia, Tanzania and New Guinea. FUTURE IMPACT: 1 DIY Solar Pump system can supply more than 1,000 people with safe, clean drinking water and amortized in less than 1 year. By the end of 2020, at least 1,400 pumps should be in operation, supplying more than 1 million people with clean water and work worldwide.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

While access to water is limited in developing regions, many people use mobile devices to communicate and access the Internet. Already now have more people access to internet than water: 7.2bn = current world popultion and number of mobile phones; 2.1bn = without access to water; 2,8bn = access to internet at the moment AND 7bn = access to internet in 2020 - most of them are living in that areas we are addressing. The PUMPMAKERS PLATFORM has been set up to reach as many people around the world as possible and distribute the DIY Solar Pumps and further products & solutions to tackle poverty.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The global Pumpmakers Platform will give everyone FREE access to easy-to-use Do-It-Yourself constructions plans, videos and books to build and install DIY Solar Pumps, using local skills and parts. Via the WEBSHOP, key components (e.g. the gear unit) and other products needed for well construction and agricultural purposes will be SOLD to franchise partners, organizations, governments and private customers like farmers or villages worldwide.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are two main reasons for this crisis: the lack of access to clean drinking water & the reliance on water pump systems that are simply unsuitable for the local conditions, such as: - expensive GENERATOR-DRIVEN PUMPS that need unaffordable amounts of fuel, - WINDMILLS that only pump water if there is enough wind, - imported UNDERWATER PUMPS that are expensive and too complex to be produced locally, and - HAND PUMPS that require a lot of maintenance (which, in many cases, is not available locally).

Founding Story

Dietmar Stuck has been active in the water well drilling industry since 2000. As a master of his profession, he installed water wells with a depth of 1,000 meters in Australia. In six African countries he carried out surveys for water projects on behalf of humanitarian aid organizations and saw that conventional water pumps were completely unsuitable for local conditions. These experiences led him to develop the worldwide unique DIY Solar Pump: a cost-effective and sustainable solution that enables water to be pumped from a depth of up to 100 meters - independently from electric power.


The Pumpmakers team comprises: Water well driller & builder as well as fellow Technicians and Engineers, Draftsman, IT specialists, Graphic designer, Filmmakers, Translators and copywriting specialist, Turneries and Universities.