Welder, George Chulu

George Chulu has vast experience in welding, besides that he trains other welders in the similar field and he is a model to many Zambians. He wants to expand his welding business by making rope pumps and oxcarts. 


Expert Henk Holtslag

SMARTech advisor Henk Holtslag is willing to train him in construction and installation of rope pumps.

Henk Holtslag
George runs a welding workshop in Kapata area of Chipata town for more than 10 year. During his service George had the opportunity to train students from Government institutions. His quality delivery has enabled him to get contracts and assignments from Government and nongovernmental organisations

George Chulu druing business training

George during the business training

George Chulu stopped making rope pumps.

March 2018

Hastings and Steven drilled a private borehole for a customer in Mfuwe. The pump was produced by George Chulu.

Private pump in Mfuwe

Private pump in Mfuwe

February 2018

Mr George Chulu made the pump that Hastings and Steven installed at their private customer from Katete which is about 86 kilometers from Chipata. The customer is happy that his pump is operative and professionally made.

Pump made by Chulu George installed in Katete.

Hastings and Steven drilled a borehole at Abraham Zulu’s house. George Chulu produced the pump.

Pump Abraham zulu

Pump Abraham Zulu

January 2018

George Chulu made the pump for farmer Stephen Tembo, his wife and their neighbours. Steven Zulu and Hastings Mbewe made a new borehole on top of the hill near to the house and far from the toilet from Stephen Tembo. Mrs. Tembo has difficulties walking and is very happy with this new water source. Since the pump is on top of the hill, is easy to irrigate his garden which is downhill.

Pump at Stephen Tembo

Pump at Stephen Tembo

December 2017

George Chulu made the pump for beekeeper Chrispin Daka. Michael Soko, Edward Tembo and Moses Banda drilled a borehole at beekeeper Chrispin Daka. The first attempt failed, but the team did not give up and the second attempt was successful. They even made a ground water recharge system next to the borehole.

Pump at Chrispin Daka

Pump at Chrispin Daka

George Chulu made the pump for beeekeeper Bandson Tembo. Hastings Mbewe and Steven Zulu had to work during the night to complete the pump installation. Reason for that was that one of the pvc pipes had a slightly different dimension and had to be changed in town. But in the end everybody was happy and there was a lot of clean water.

Pump at Bandson Tembo

Pump at Bandson Tembo

August 2017

George made a pump for Mr. Simbani.

Farmer Simbani Chibwe and his pump

Farmer Simbani Chibwe and his pump

July 2017

George made his first six pumps as display models and stock. He sold two of them and made two new once immediately after selling them to replenish his stock. Good work George!

George Chulu and his first 6 pumps

George Chulu and his first 6 pumps

April  2017

George made his first pump at his own workshop and the quality is good. At the front in the picture is his “golden model” which he made under supervision of the trainers and behind is his first -unpainted- copy.

George Chule's first pump

George Chule’s first pump

March  2017

During Jacana’s 3 weeks technical training for the selected entrepreneurs in the water sector George was a good time manager. He paid adequate attention to the instructors and could easily comprehend and grasp concepts. As a competent welder he successfully acquired skills in fabrication of the following technologies:

  • Auger
  • Soil punch
  • Bailer (Mzuzu type)
  • EMAS pump
  • Rope pump Model 1 and Model 4

George working on the handle of the rope pump


Borehole Welder service provider, business plan


Farmers cannot find affordable water sources for diversity in seasons.

Farmers cannot find pumps that are easily repairable but durable.

Farmers cannot find water sources that are reliable for live stock.


Affordable and durable pumps available at the workshop.

Spare parts available and guarantee service on.


Great pumps with long lasting quality available here.

Reliable and quality service delivery


Official trained and recognized by local authority


Farmers .



Farmers who are already buying from me.


Getting more phone calls and orders. More than 5 per day. Increase in sales.


Friends, word of mouth, radio and t.v


I think that farmers will like the affordable and durable pumps and that they will buy them in the future.


Make two for display at my workshop and install one at home and ask          GO:  If 5 out of 10 want pumps then it is a  GO

farmers if they like it and are willing to buy it in future.





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Jacana will support George in:

  • Providing technical Training in manual drilling
  • Provision of initial tools and materials for few pumps
  • Guidance in book keeping and financial management.
The following donors made it possible for George to follow the business training and the three week technical training. Jacana will guide him for two year.

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