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Marie-Stella-Maris visits Jacana projects

Marie-Stella-Maris foundationThree very enthusiast team members and one of the founders and CEO from Marie-Stella-Maris from Amsterdam visited our projects in Zambia last mid-July.
Marie-Stella-Maris funded a water project in Chipata district in 2018 and funds a three-year project in Lundazi and Chasefu district. We received a lot of positive and nice feedback, we talked about the need of supporting small-scale entrepreneurs and the Jacana-strategy. It was very educative -also for us- to show the team the projects sites from several angles. Their input will absolutely improve the quality of our work.
A few words from our guests:

“I am impressed by the drive and energy of the Jacana staff to realize sustainable clean drinking water solutions. The philosophy of ownership and creating opportunities for entrepreneurs, as role models in the communities, very much reflects the ideas of Marie-Stella-Maris.”

Carel Neuberg, Founder & CEO

Carel Neuberg, Founder & CEO

“Visiting the project sites was very inspiring and motivating. We’ve got to meet a few of the recently trained welders and drillers in Lundazi. But also visited a few of the beneficiary households of the project we’ve supported in 2018 in and around Chipata.
I certainly hope to visit Lundazi again in a year or two, to be able to witness the developments for all families and entrepreneurs involved.”

Josha Jansen (Communications manager and board member Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation)

Josha Jansen (Communications manager and board member Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation)

 

“First of all I want to thank the Jacana staff for the great work they do for the Zambian entrepreneurs. I was also very impressed by the welders, how they work, how they build their own business, and their good energy. Hope to return someday to see the impact of the projects. Thank you for the great experience.”

Karima Abdellatif, Product manager

Karima Abdellatif, Product manager

 

“Jacana has a great and energetic team and I really enjoyed it to be guided around by them for a couple of days. The way how Jacana has setup the project was really inspirational for me. So many people are benefitting from this and I’m impressed by the value that´s being creating by placing one pump.”

Paul Kleinjan (Logistics manager)

Paul Kleinjan, Logistics manager

Introducing EMAS Technologies in Zambia

Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Bert Pfleger member of the EMAS board (Germany). Together with Wolfgang Buchner, who is the founder of the EMAS training centre and has more than 40 years experience in the Self-supply, we traveled to Zambia last month. There we trained trainers from Jacana SMART centre, independent borehole drillers and welders.

Wolfgang teaching EMAS pump production

Wolfgang teaching EMAS pump production

The training program included:

  • Production of EMAS drilling equipment.
  • Drilling and finalizing of boreholes in soft, sandy (to almost powdered) soils.
  • Making 7m³ water tanks.
  • Production and installation of EMAS pumps.
  • Making of accessories like hand washing basins, treadle options for the pump, expansion vessels and small tanks.

Toilet seat, 7 m³ water tank, rain water harvesting

Toilet seat, 7 m³ water tank, rain water harvesting

First water from EMAS borehole in Zambia

First water from EMAS borehole in Zambia

Basically the EMAS pump is not only the most affordable pump, it is also completely closed and produces water under pressure. You can for example pump water to a small overhead tank and take a shower or spray a small garden with it.

 

 

Wolfgang and I are impressed by the highly skilled and motivated water entrepreneurs who were trained and guided by Jacana SMART Centre in 2017. The guys seem to have a good sense for doing business serving customers with limited budgets and are experienced in drilling boreholes in very hard soils. But drilling in extreme soft soils has got its own set of challenges which the participants quickly mastered.

 

EMAS-Drilling

EMAS-Drilling

I believe with the newly gained skills, the entrepreneurs and Jacana trainers are now able to spread their wings even further. The EMAS group expects great potential in the (below) blue colored areas of the Zambia manual drill-ability map (in the West, part of South and part of the North of Zambia).

Suitability for manual drilling

Suitability for manual drilling

The EMAS technology fits very well in these areas. The EMAS pump is even more affordable than the rope pump. For example: in Bolivia thousands of boreholes (drilled up to 100 m deep) are made for 6 USD per meter including the pump. Wolfgang even designed a pump without submerged moving parts so there is no wear even if the water is a bit sandy.

EMAS trained drillers, welders and Zambian trainers

EMAS trained drillers, welders and Zambian trainers

 

Bert Pfleger and the trainees

Bert Pfleger and the trainees

We thank Jacana SMART Centre for its hospitality and it was a joy to work with the small-scale water entrepreneurs in Zambia. We are looking forward to a next mission possibly somewhere in the sandy drill-able soils of Western Zambia.

 

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