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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.

 

Training entrepreneurs for water in Lundazi & Chasefu

In April & May 2019, a very enthusiast and assorted group of 4 welders and 8 drillers has been trained in Lundazi, Zambia. The 12 participants were selected in several steps from a pool of 45 candidates. After interviews and visits to workshops, we pre-selected 24 existing small scale entrepreneurs who all received a three day business training. In these small group trainings, Jacana had the opportunity to get to know them better, which gave us the chance to selected the 12 most serious and motivated people.

Training Drill Set Production

Training Drill Set Production

Welders

The welders received a three weeks training in the production of several drilling tools and rope pumps from trainers Henk Holtslag and Tanzaniaan James Mkataba with the assistance of future trainer Gideon Phiri from Zambia. Next to making drill equipment and pumps, the welders also learned pump installation on existing wells.
After the training each received a jig-set so each pump is made exactly the same and spare parts can be exchanged easily. Right after training each welder made 5 pumps in his own workshop. The curiosity of people passing by is great. Soon the welders will get a working pump on a borehole at their shop so customers can experience the product.

Lundazi pump producers

From left to right: Trainers: Gideon, James. Participants: Gibson, Joshua, Masiye, Sankhani

Drillers

Bester Drilling

Bester Drilling

The drillers received a three weeks training in borehole drilling methods (Mzuzu en SHIPO drilling) facilitated by our own Zambiaanse trainers Moses Banda and Hastings Mbewe who were supervised by the experienced trainer Laban Kaduma from Tanzania. Next to drilling the participants also learned pump installation and how to build ground water recharge and rainwater harvesting systems.
After the daily hour of theory where the Zambian teachers explained about geology, site selection, water quality and drilling and installation techniques, the participants spent the rest of the day practicing by doing. Also manager Bester was not afraid of the muddy and hard work. There is a hand dug well close to our Lundazi office, where training was executed. Water in this well is less than 2 meters deep. However when the trained teams drilled their first boreholes, instead of water the they found extreme hard quarts stone up to 5 meters deep. Our standard drilling equipment was put to the test and failed to break the rock. Thanks to creative ideas from the newly trained welders, the quarts layer could be broken and as a reward ground water came up under pressure to 3 meters. If you want to know more about the improvement of the equipment, request our free manuals at www.jacana.help/resources/water

Qwartz

Quarts stone, a worn drill bit and an improved drill bit

Representatives from the Ministry of Water (WARMA) came all the way from Lusaka (more than a day drive) to explain the legal procedures about borehole drilling and to officially welcome the newly trained drillers to the protected profession of qualified borehole drillers.
After training the teams started drilling at their own houses to get more experience before they will start drilling for paying customers. There is great interest and Jacana regularly receives questions from people from other districts about whether we can do this with them. But we have only just started in Lundazi and Chasefu: quality monitoring, creating a market for these new products and guiding the trained entrepreneurs in the practical management of their companies are starting now and it takes some time. All sorts of unexpected problems will come to the teams in the near future and Jacana will assist them so that they will ultimately become solid sustainable companies.

Lundazi Drillers

Lundazi drillers: Morgan, Ackson, Lyford, Phaniso, Nash, Brighton, Vinious, Biggie, Mabvuto
Trainers: Moses, Hastings, Laban, WARMA: Emanuel, Peter

Zambian trainers

Moses Banda, Hastings Mbewe and Gideon Phiri did very well and we are convinced that these Zambian trainers can facilitate an upcoming training. Thanks guys!

Jacana opens a new office in Lundazi

Eastern province, Zambia

Eastern province, Zambia

We are starting a new three-year water project, sponsored by Marie-Stella-Maris, and a lot is involved.
Basically it will be a copy-paste story and it should be easy with the experience we have gained in Chipata, but we can’t get away with it that easily. The bridge to Lundazi has collapsed and it takes us an extra hour of bumping along a sandy road to get there. We are dealing with two districts, Lundazi and Chasefu, some 187 km from Chipata. Chasefu is still a young district and was part of the Lundazi district until 2018. Two districts means two local authorities, two district water authorities, two Chiefs, two project areas and so on.

Construing training workshop

Construing training workshop

We have decided to open our new office in Lundazi “town”. Lundazi is the center of the two districts. It has around 20,000 inhabitants, but is expanding rapidly.
After a short search, we found two small houses on a fairly large walled plot close to the center of Lundazi town. One house serves as an office and the other serves as Jacana’s base for staff. At the moment we are building a simple structure on site, where we will provide the three-week technical training and possibly other training courses later. There is also enough space to manually drill boreholes during training.

 

Jacana Lundazi office
Potential pump producers in Lundazi

Potential pump producers in Lundazi

Before we started, we introduced the program to the local authorities and they approved. Everyone we speak to is very enthusiastic and extremely helpful because water is a serious problem in this area.

In the month of February we started looking for drillers and welders. Interviews were held with 13 welders and 31 drillers. Everyone was asked about the motivation and how they think they can expand their existing business with the new knowledge they will gain in business and technical training. In the end, 12 welders and 13 drillers were invited for the three-day business, financial and marketing training.

This training was given in the first three weeks of March by our local trainers Bester and Pious. During the training the most promising and motivated drillers and welders were chosen for the technical training.

Potential manual borehole drillers in Lundazi

Potential manual borehole drillers in Lundazi

The technical training starts on 15 April
with the training of 4 welders. Henk Holtslag from the Netherlands will train them in the first week how to make drill sets. After that they will be trained by Brighton Kaniki from Malawi in how to produce rope pumps. During these two or three weeks, Gideon Phiri from Chipata, will be trained as a trainer in producing drilling sets and rope pumps.

The training of 8 drillers in manual drilling of boreholes according to the SHIPO and Mzuzu method starts on 23 April. They use the drill sets made by the local welders a week earlier. Hastings Mbewe and Moses Banda from Chipata will provide the training under the supervision of Laban Kaduma from Tanzania.
After this technical training, Jacana hopes that the three potential technical trainers from Chipata are experienced enough to independently provide training in the future.
After the training, the drillers and welders can work under the supervision of experienced drillers and a welder from Chipata. Boreholes will be drilled and pumps installed at the workshops of the welders and the houses of the drillers. These will serve as promotional material to attract customers.
In Lundazi we also want to start working on Self-supply, so that customers can go directly to the welders and/or drillers for a borehole with pump. But we are not there yet, first we want to train the welders and the drillers and introduce the project in the two project areas Katandala and Kasongolo and make a start with the Show case area. More about that in a later newsletter.

Jacana Business Empowerment HQ, Chipata, Moth extension, Zambia

  Jacana Business Empowerment office at: -15°01’53.2″South  and  28°12’19.5″East  

Jacana Business Empowerment, Lundazi oposite FRA scheds, Zambia

 

Jacana Business Empowerment Lundazi office

at: -12°17’43.2″ South  and  33°10’49.5″ East

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