Successful stories

Artisans and groups

This is Heri from Iringa region, an artisan who drills and digs boreholes. In 2006, he was already a well digger and he attended a SMART Centre training for the first time. Since then he has attended SMART Centre trainings almost every year and he is currently a trainer in these trainings. His group employs 6 people and has installed wells in many regions in Tanzania. In 2019 they got certified by the Water Institute and they are now able to apply for public tenders. Hongera sana Heri!

Long lasting rope pumps

Back in 2004, during one of the first SHIPO SMART Centre trainings, this rope pump was built at Mahalule primary school in Nyombo village. After 15 years the well is still working with the same rope pump, only the piston rope has been changed. Pupils use the water from the borehole for drinking, washing and watering the garden: the avocado trees around it are watered with this well.

At Saba Saba primary school, in Njombe, they know how to take care and maintain their precious rope pump. In fact, it is in the Top3 of the oldest rope pumps in Tanzania. However, it is also clear that some pupils are more skilled than others on pumping water 🙂
The problem for this young boy is that the axle level needs to be adjusted to the user´s bellybutton level or a convenient platform should be place to adjust the height of the user.

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