Well digger, Hastings Mbewe

Hastings Mbewe has been an inspiration to many in his area. Now he wants to expand his well digging business. He appreciates the fact that Jacana wants to guide him in this process.
Expert Henk Holtslag

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

 Henk Holtslag

We stopped adding monitoring data after November 2018 for Hastings Mbewe.


Hastings Mbewe is a man of many trades He is currenlty mainly occupied in solar design and installations, also trained and guided by Jacana. Learn more about solar training at https://jacana.help/resources/solar and track records: https://jacana.help/msolar.



November 2018

Moses and Hastings drilled three boreholes in Southern Province, at Rangoon Island in Kafue river. They had to transport all the materials by a small boot to the Island. The pumps produced by Gideon Phiri and Joseph Kabwe.

Pump on Rangoon Island

Pump on Rangoon Island

Drilling set transport per canoo

Drilling set transport per canoe

Private borehole with pump in Rangoon Island

Private borehole with pump in Rangoon Island

Ragoon Island

Pump at Ragoon Island

October 2018

Hastings drilled a borehole at Evans and Raban Banda’s place. The pump was produced by Gideon Phiri

Evans and Raban Banda

Pump at Evans and Raban’s place

July 2018

Hasting was guiding the four new drillers from Khova ward, Erasmus, Obuloni, Andrew and Francisco. He guided the drilling of two boreholes at the houses of Erasmus and Obuloni. These pumps will be used for household use, but also for marketing purposes.

Pump at Erasmus Zulu's house

Pump at Erasmus Zulu’s house

June 2018

Hastings was selected together with Osward and Moses to be assistant trainers during the drillers training of 6 new drillers. The trainers were Labana Kaduma from Tanzania and Elias Musumala from Malawi (CCAP SMART centre). Hastings performed very well as an assistant trainer. He is calm, can listen very well and explain to the participant how to solve problems.

May 2018

The same customer wanted another borehole with a rope pump, because he has more than 1000 layer chickens and he needs to keep the chicken house clean and give them water. The pump was produced by Gideon Phiri

Pump for chicken rearing

Pump for chicken rearing

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

Hastings and Steven got a private customer from Katete which is about 86 kilometers from Chipata. They went for almost two weeks and where able to put a smile on the face of Mr Moses Zulu their customer with a borehole.

Pump in Katete at Moses.

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

Pump Abraham zulu

Pump Abraham Zulu

January 2018

Hastings Mbewe and Steven Zulu made a new borehole on top of the hill near to the house and far from the toilet from farmer Stephen Tembo. Mrs. Tembo has difficulties walking and is very happy with this new water source. Also the neighbours use the water. Since the pump is on top of the hill, is easy to irrigate his garden which is downhill. The pump was made by George Chulu. Good work men!

Pump at Stephen Tembo

Pump at Stephen Tembo

December 2017

Hastings Mbewe and Steven Zulu had to work during the night to complete the pump installation at beekeeper Bandson Tembo. Reason for that was that one of the 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. George Chulu made the pump.

Pump at Bandson Tembo

Pump at Bandson Tembo

November 2017

Hastings Mbewe and Steven Zulu installed a pump at farmer Elina Zulu. They also made a ground water recharge system for her. It will catch a lot of water this raining season. The pump was made by Moses Banda.

Pump at framer Elina Zulu

Pump at farmer Elina Zulu

Water recharge at Elina

Water recharge at Elina

 October 2017

Hastings and Reuben made a tank at farmer James Mbewe.

Tank at James Mbewe

Tank at James Mbewe

Now when the community gets free water, they automatically also put a bucket of water in James his tank ready for irrigation. This way, there is no complex payment system needed for the water.

Tank at James Mbewe

Tank at James Mbewe

September 2017

Hastings and Steven successfully drilled a borehole at Kelvin Magawa‘s garden.The borehole has enough water for the garden, nearby villages and the farmers next to kelvin. This borehole never dries up and has continued to give plenty of water for his garden.

Drilling at Kelvin Magawa

August 2017

Hasting 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 drilling teams

The well of Thomas Phiri was deepened by Hastings and Steven. In this well they could not use the Mzuzu drilling method because the soil structure at the bottom of the well was very rocky. Steven and Hastings had to climb inside with a hammer and chisel to deepen it.

After that they installed the pump. The clean water was very welcomed by Thomas his wife and the neighbors.

Pump at Thomas Phiri

Pump at Thomas Phiri

June & July 2017

Hasting worked as electrician these month, wiring a house.


May  2017

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

Drilling and Pump Hastings

Drilling and Pump Hastings

Drilling and Pump Edward

Drilling and Pump Edward

Drilling and Pump Micheal

Drilling and Pump Micheal

Drilling and Pump Hillary

Drilling and Pump Hillary

 April  2017

Hastings was part of the team who drilled at Steven’s place. They drilled manually up to 23 meters.


Hastings explaining to new customers

Drilling and Pump Steven

Drilling and Pump Steven

March  2017

During Jacana’s 3 weeks technical training that Hastings attended, he exhibited enthusiasm and focus and he acquired technical 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


Hastings is sludging

Hastings Mbewe a Well digger in Luangeni Village has been in this business for 4 years. Hastings Mbewe started the well digging business immediately after completing his secondary school. Later he did a course in electricity and computer hardware maintenance. At the moment his passion is “well digging” though at time he repairs electrical appliances and computer hardware right in his village. He is married with one child.
Hasting's family

Hastings in training helping his friends

Hastings attended the Jacana basic training for three days and after that in March 2017 the technical training.


Manual drilling service provider, business plan


Schools do not have enough resources to install and maintain expensive boreholes.

Schools cannot find the boreholes that would produce water free of rust and bad smell

The schools cannot find boreholes that are easy to pump water by the children.


Install affordable rope pump on manual drilled borehole.

Install pumps that produce clean water and are easily handled by anyone.



Affordable and durable pumps in stock.

Experienced worker and spare parts available.

Easy to pump by anyone and gives out clean water always.


Get official training in manual drilling and pump installation




The schools in my area.


Increase in demand and orders and every time new faces are coming.


Phone call, business card, Facebook, word of mouth.


I assume that schools will  like my manually drilled bore holes and that they want to buy them in the future.


I will install one at my house and ask two schools to come                               GO:  If 1 out of 2 schools says yes then I GO.

and see and ask them if they want one at their premises.


Labour and food K xxx



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Jacana will support Hastings in:

  • Providing technical training in manual drilling
  • Provision of initial tools and materials for few pumps
  • Guidance in book keeping and financial management.
  • Internet and website training.


A borehole and pump was donated by Castricum helpt Muttathara.

This is part of a bigger project, sponsored by Aqua for All.

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