Help to self-help: Clean Water for Zambia

Productive making blocks. Credits: Jacana Foundation (2021)

Description of the Project

This project promotes the notion of self-supply and the Simple Market-based Affordable Repair Technologies (SMARTech) to support local communities to have affordable and sustainable access to water.  

Local entrepreneurs are carefully selected and trained to build and repair local water solutions. For example, welders are trained in the production of pumps and drilling equipment and well diggers are trained in manual drilling and installation of solar and hand pumps. 

The solutions are produced locally and therefore are affordable and can be maintained locally. Users are encouraged to pay a small commitment fee for the operation and maintenance of the systems.  

With this approach, the project creates a local market, where users buy pumps and boreholes direct from the welders and drillers even without support from NGOs or Government.  

Woman at the market. Credits: Jacana Foundation (2021)

Project Period:  2022 – 2024 

Thematic Focus:
  • Access to Services
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Rural and dispersed areas

Name of Staff involved and functions performed: Matthias Saladin, Project Manager

Achievements in 2022:

1,621 people have access to basic drinking water services (53% women and 47% men).

704 people have improved access to economic resources 

110 water pumps installed.

184 local artisans and entrepreneurs have improved technical and entrepreneurial skills.

Partner Organisation:

Credits: Jacana Foundation (2021)

Bucket production. Credits: Jacana Foundation (2021)