Manual borehole driller, Edward Tembo
Manual borehole driller Edward Tembo from rural Zambia has drilled 25 successful boreholes for his customers in less than 2 years time.
With the profit, he sends his children to school, connected his house to electricity, bought cows, pigs. Sure he will continue to deliver affordable boreholes to his customers.
Edward Tembo was hardworking well digger with an idea to expand and escape poverty. He dream was to expand his business in manual drilling and installation of pumps. The video below shows Edward before he started to learn from expert Henk Holtslag.
Together with Moses Ngoma, Edward drilled a borehole and installed a pump for Judith Phiri. She wants to expand her vegetable garden. The pump was produced by Gideon Phiri.
Together with Moses Ngoma, Edward drilled a borehole and installed a pump at Iness Chulu’s farm. Gideon Phiri produced the pump.
Together with Moses Ngoma, Edward drilled a borehole and installed a pump at a private customer’s, Spacio Chisanga, place. Gideon Phiri produced the pump.
Edward deepened a well and installed a pump for Sofia Lungu. The pump was made by Gideon Phiri
Edward drilled a borehole and installed a pump at Reuben Chulu’s house. Joseph Kabwe made the pump.
Edward and helper Moses installed a pump at an open well of Beauty Nyambose of Gimoli area in Msekera.
The team also made a ground water recharge system.
A few minutes later it started to rain and the system collected water for the first time. This water is added to the ground water and is stored there for use during dry season.
Edward Tembo, Michael Soko 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. The pump was made by welder George Chulu.
Edward Tembo, Micheal Soko and Hillary Phiri deepend a well and installed a pump at private customer Singi Munalula who fully paid (Self-supply) for the work and the pump (no sponsorship). Welder Gidoen Phiri made the pump.
The team drilled a borehole at Mr Frank Sakala’s farm which is on a sandy 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 he has a borehole and has expressed gratitude to Jacana for the work done. (Self-supply)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ; )
Edward drilled 4 boreholes and installed rope pumps this month together with his colleagues. One of them was at his own house.
Edward was part of the team that was drilling at Steven’s place. They made a borehole up to 23 meters.
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:
- Soil punching
- Mzuzu drilling with chisel, open and closed bailers
- Drilling using Jetting
- Drilling by Sledging
- Bapthist drilling (percussion)
- Corbel, open well covering
Edward Tembo has been a well digger and mason from Luangeni village in chief Mpezeni area.He is maried and has four children. 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 is trained by Jacana in manual drilling and pump installation. He is expanding his business at this moment.
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.
A borehole and pump was donated by Hofstee Stichting.
This is part of a bigger project sponsored by Aqua for All.