Elephant Pumps: Pump Aid's Business Solution to a Social Problem

            
 
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Case Code : LDEN072
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 1998-2010
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Pump Aid.
Industry : Social / Safe Water
Countries : Africa

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How It Began

Pump Aid was founded in 1998 by Ian Thorpe (Thorpe), Tendai Mawunga (Mawunga), and Amos Chitungo (Chitungo), all teachers at a rural school in the Mutasa District of Zimbabwe. The water supply for the village was an unprotected open well and everyone had to walk a mile to collect water...

Delivery Model

Elephant Pumps were built based on the need for them in the local communities and the assessment of several factors such as the location of the local schools in the area and prevalence of diseases. Usually, Elephant Pumps were built at schools as a single pump could provide clean water for more than 500 children and their families...

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Results

By 2008, over 4000 Elephant Pumps had been built and these supplied clean water to over 1 million people across Zimbabwe and Malawi. About 80 Elephant Pumps were built each month and each pump provided water to around 250 people. In 2008, over 1,300 pumps were installed, improving water access for over 345,000 people...

Social Impact

According to experts, the Elephant Pump project had made a significant social impact by contributing to an improvement in education, food, and clothing of the people in rural Africa. The project brought about positive implications with respect to saving on time and labor, gender equality, quality, and quantity of water...

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