Providing water and creating jobs through Self-supply in the water sector.

Jacana creates jobs and market in the water sector by training and guiding entrepreneurs who produce hand pumps and manually drill boreholes

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Organization name

Jacana Foundation

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 5,000 - 10,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Netherlands

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Zambia: Chipata


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

1) In Zambia more than 5 million people (35%) do not have access to an improved water source. In rural area it is 49% (JMP 2015). 2) Malnutrition rate in Zambia is still very high, more than 40% of Zambian children under five are stunted (low height-for-age) and 15% are underweight (low weight-for-age) (Save the Children 2016). 3) Unemployment rate in Zambia is high, in 2015, 13.3% of the working population

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Jacana SMART Centre creates a Self-supply chain in the water sector by training and guiding Entrepreneurs for Water (E4W) and Water for Entrepreneurs (W4E). E4W: Jacana trains local entrepreneurs like welders and well diggers in making Simple, Market based, Affordable and Repairable Technologies (SMART), like rope pumps and manually drilled boreholes. W4E: Jacana trains and guides small entrepreneurs who use water to generate income. They produce products or services with the SMARTechs to serve their fellow community members. E.g. farmers who produce nutritious food, livestock, fish but also brick making, car washing etc. With the pumps these families have access to water throughout the year and they can expand their businesses. Most promising aspect for creating shared value is that everybody in the chain makes a profit with their businesses and new jobs are created.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

From March ’17 up to now (Oct '17): • 7 welders and 8 drillers were trained in business and technical skills in producing rope pumps with local materials and drill boreholes manually up to 40 meters. They expand their businesses and in total 6 extra jobs were already created. • 34 families in rural areas were trained in business skills. 10 families with the best viable business plan were selected and got a partly sponsored pump. They use the water to expand their business and share water for household use with an average of 30 to 40 neighbours. • 21 partly sponsored pumps were installed, 19 on a borehole and 1 on an existing well • Self-supply started: 7 individuals bought a pump direct from the drillers or welders, 4 bought new boreholes and 3 had a pump installed on an existing well. • 5 contracts are signed between private buyers and welders or drillers.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

This initiative is financed by individual donations (10%), grants (90%). Jacana SMART training centre is mobile and can train entrepreneurs in other areas of the country or other African countries. The customers of Jacana training centre are NGO’s and Government who want to duplicate (part of) the SMART approach in their project area. A visit to an existing Show case area (villages where SMARTechs are used in daily live) convinces stakeholders.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Jacana Smart Centre embeds Self-supply in WASH program and guarantees profit-based sustainability.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Rik and Dinie, initiators of Jacana, worked for three years in Tanzania. At that moment welders and drillers were trained to implement pumps for a sponsored NGO programme. There was no business training. After monitoring pumps in the field, a fieldworker came back with coordinates of a pump which was not in the data of the NGO. We thought the fieldworker made a mistake. We had a look there and the owner of the pump said that he saw his neighbour having a pump and he wanted also one and he bought it directly from the people trained by the NGO. At that moment we realised that Self-supply is possible with a little bit of support from and organisation.

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