Welder, Joseph Kabwe

Joseph Kabwe is a hardworking and visionary welder who has managed to grow from the scratch to the level where he provides employment to 6 fellow Zambians. Joseph expanded his welding business by making borehole drilling equipment and rope pumps. He sell them to his community. Joseph is very happy that Jacana trained and guides him in this process.

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Expert Henk Holtslag

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

Henk Holtslag

January 2018

Joseph made a pump for private customer Bridgit Kabwe. Hillary Phiri deepend the well and installed the pump. Brigit was not sponsored (Self-supply).

Pump at Bridgit Kabwe

Pump at Bridgit Kabwe

December 2017

Hillary Phiri installed a pump at private customer Neria Nyoni who is from his own village (Feni sub-centre). Joseph Kabwe made the pump. Neria Nyoni paid for the pump and installation, she was not sponsored (Self-supply).

Pump at Neria Nyoni

Pump at Neria Nyoni

 October 2017

Joseph made a pump for farmer Frank Sakala. This pump was fully paid for by the customer (Self-supply).

Frank sakala borehole and pump

Frank sakala borehole and pump

September 2017

Joseph made a pump for farmer Kelvin Magawa.

Farmer Kelvin's pump

Farmer Kelvin’s pump

July 2017 

Joseph completed 5 pumps for his stock and and display and sold 1 pump to a private person.

Joseph's display and pumps on stock

Joseph’s display and pumps on stock

During pump and drillset constructio training, Joseph also paid attatin to what the drillers were doing and he managed to drill a borehole for the private (not-sponsored) customer Brighton Chilwa. It was a challange he said and “I have learned a lot”. Drilling is not easy as it looks.

First Self-supply pump & borehole sold by Joseph for Brighton Chilwa

First Self-supply pump & borehole sold by Joseph for Brighton Chilwa

The borehole is 12 meter deep and could not be pumped empty. The water is used currently for building activities. The owner had to buy water from a truck before he had this pump. Buying water for building costs much more than buying this type of pump. After building this water will be used for household and gardening.

May 2017 

Joseph made his first pump at his workshop after the training. The pump was checked and approved and Joseph got materials to make 5 pumps for his stock and display.

Joseph made a pump for driller Micheal Soko.

Pump at Micheal Soko

Pump at Micheal Soko

April 2017 

Due to his good performance Joseph was chosen by Jacana to fabricate working tools for drillers.

Joseph making drill sets

Joseph making drill sets

March  2017

Joseph had participated in the 3 weeks technical training conducted by Jacana. During the training his performance and level of participation was great. He can now produce the following technologies.

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

Joseph finished his first rope pump



Joseph Kabwe during the business trainingJoseph started his metal fabrication workshop in 2010. His workshop is located in town area of Chipata. Joseph fabricates gates, window frames, door frames and many other items including bending machines. He has vast experience in welding and has managed to provide employment to 6 people from within Chipata. During the Jacana basic training he showed high level of motivation, perseverance and enthusiasm.

At this moment he wants to expand his business by making rope pumps which he thinks is ideal to withstand water challenges in his community. According to him the rope pump will enable the communities within Chipata to have access to an improved low cost water source. Joseph has enormous hidden capacities which Jacana wants to reveal. Therefore Jacana wants to train Joseph technically on how to make rope pumps and install them in his community. To be able to train him we need your financial help. Every small amount is more than welcome.

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Joseph Kabwe owns metal fabrication workshop in Kapata area within Chipata town and he has managed to provide employment for 6 people within the area. He is married and has two children.

Joseph's family



Pump Construction service provider, business plan


Farmers cannot find  a supplier with affordable and durable water pumps

Farmers cannot find the water pumps that deliver water all year round.

Farmers cannot find water pumps that are near to their farms.


Supply affordable pumps to farmers.

Supply pumps with year round functionality.

Installation of  pumps at the location of the customer’s choice


Simple, Market based, Affordable and Repairable technologies


Official training and recognition




Farmers who already accessing my services.


Increase in demand for services, new faces and profit


Word of mouth, phone calls, radio and t.v


I assume that farmers will like the durable and affordable rope pumps and that they will buy them in the future from my workshop.


I will make 2 pumps and install one, then ask the farmers if they like them and find out if they are willing to buy in the future:  GO: if 2 out of 4 wants to buy them then I proceed.


Jacana will support Joseph  in:

  • Providing technical training in pump construction and installation.
  • Provision of initial tools and materials for few pumps.
  • Guidance in book keeping and financial management.

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