Manual borehole driller, Edward Tembo

Edward Tembo is hardworking well digger with an idea to expand and escape poverty. He wants to expand his business of  well digging. He is very happy that Jacana wants to guide him in this process. For this guidance Jacana asks a small financial contribution from you.

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Expert Henk Holtslag

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

Henk Holtslag

 December 2017

What did 2017 do for driller Edward Tembo?

What did 2017 do for driller Edward Tembo?

October 2017

The team drilled a borehole at Mr Frank Sakala’s farm which had very sand soil formation. This took them about six days to drill and install a pump. Mr sakala had fully paid for the borehole and pump, now has a borehole and has expressed gratitude to Jacana for the work done. (Self-supply)

The team drilling at Frank Sakala's farm

The team drilling at Frank Sakala’s farm


Pump installed at Frank Sakala's farm

Pump installed at Frank Sakala’s farm

Micheal and his team encountered problems when drilling at Mr Felix Zulu’s farm.The place was quiet rocky,such that they had to move about in three places within the same farm. In spite of all efforts to find water,Micheal and his team were not successful until they relocated to another plot belonging to Mr Felix Zulu. At this plot, Micheal and his team successfully drilled a borehole in less than a week, due to the fact that, the water level was shallow. Mr Felix Zulu is happy that he finally has a borehole with plenty of water.

Drilling at Zulu's farm 

Drilling at Zulu’s farm

Second place of drilling

Pump at Felix

Pump at Felix

September 2017

Edward and his team had the community of Lembani for James Mbewe on the show, they managed to drill a borehole in an area where the local authority had once tried with good machinery but failed.This improbable success surprised the community members in that area and added an advantage to the team, they gained recognition,respect and potential customers.

Drilling at James Mbewe


Pump Installed

August 2017

The team drilled a borehole at Uveren’Gapi Jere’s Garden, This is a dumbo area making it easy to find water.The pump is perfectly installed and in full operational.

Michael drilling at Uveren'Gapi

Edward drilling at Uveren’Gapi

Pump at Uveren'Gapi

Pump at Uveren’Gapi


After drilling several boreholes at their premises,the team had gained enough experience to drill boreholes for customers.This time, they had an opportunity to drill at Mr Joshua Tembo, this drilling was a success and a pump has been installed which is producing plenty of water for Mr Joshua.

Drilling at Joshua Tembo

Drilling at Mr Joshua

Pump at Joshua Tembo's farm

Pump Installed

Edward and his team faced some problems as a group. Jacana proposed to have every week a weekly planning meeting. This is very helpful for the group. Also a bookkeeping system is introduced to Steven and his team. There is no longer confusion about money needed for materials, back up money and salaries. Everybody registers his hours worked and according to that they get paid. Steven showed himself as a great leader of the team.

Bookkeeping for multiple owner companies

Bookkeeping for multiple owner companies

July 2017

The team drilled a borehole at Simbani Chibwe, which had very hard soil formation and took them a long time. But they succeeded and now the village has a second water point.

Drilling and Pump at Simbani

Drilling and Pump at Simbani

June 2017

Manual drilling is not always easy. In Mvula farm the team drilled a borehole without finding water. Jacana SMART centre did not apprrove this (water)point. But the team build the approne anyway paying for the costs them selves. The borehole will be tested again after raining season and a ground water recharge system will be installed at that place to infiltrate the rain water as much as possible.

These sadbacks separate the boys from the men ; )

Drilling and dry Pump at Mvula

Drilling and dry Pump at Mvula

 May  2017

Edward drilled 4 boreholes and installed rope pumps this month together with his colleagues. One of them was at his own house.

Drilling and Pump Edward

Drilling and Pump Edward

Drilling and Pump Micheal

Drilling and Pump Micheal

Drilling and Pump Hastings

Drilling and Pump Hastings

Drilling and Pump Hillary

Drilling and Pump Hillary


April  2017

Edward was part of the team that was drilling at Steven’s place. They made a borehole up to 23 meters.

Drilling at Stevens

Drilling at Steven’s house

Drilling and Pump Steven

Drilling and Pump Steven

March  2017

Edward participated in the 3 weeks Jacana’s technical training, his input was amazing. He displayed unwavering passion for his job and has acquired adequate drilling skills in the following technologies:

  • Auguring
  • Soil punching
  • Mzuzu drilling with chisel, open and closed bailers
  • Drilling using Jetting
  • Drilling by Sledging
  • Bapthist drilling (percussion)
  • Corbel, open well covering

    Edward’s first try in jetting









Edward Tembo
Edward Tembo has been a well digger and mason for many years. He made many open wells, toilets and soak away pits in his village. At the moment his passion is into “well digging” though at times he is contracted to build structures such as houses by the local community. Edward attended the Jacana basic training for three days. During the training he showed a lot of motivation and perseverance. He wants to make his business a success by expanding into manual drilling and pump installation. Jacana believes that Edward has the potential to become a great businessman, but also be a role model for other Zambians.

Therefore Jacana wants to train and guide him in manual drilling and expand his business. For Jacana to provide technical training and guidance we need your financial help. Every small amount is more than welcome.

Thank you on behalf of Edward Tembo!Simply fill in (above) any amount you can afford.

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Edward is a well digger and mason from Luangeni village in chief Mpezeni area. He has a wife and four children.

Edward Tembo


Manual drilling service provider, business plan


Individuals cannot find affordable water sources.

Individuals cannot find pumps that are durable and repairable.

Individuals cannot find water sources that delivers water throughout the year.


I am drilling manual boreholes and install durable pumps.

Spare parts are available.


Simple, market based and repairable technologies available here.


Official training and recognition




The individuals that are already accessing open well services from me.


Getting more phone calls and orders. increase in customers


Phone call,radio, t.v. and word of mouth.


I assume that individuals will like the affordable and durable pumps and that they want to buy from me in the future.


I will drill and install one pump at home and ask community members              GO:  If 5 out of 10 says yes then I GO.

to try it and I ask them if they want to buy it in future.


Labour and food for drilling one at home K xxx


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Jacana will support Edward in:

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

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