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.
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, als0 trained and guided by Jacana
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.
Hastings drilled a borehole at Evans and Raban Banda’s place. The pump was produced by Gideon Phiri
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.
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.
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
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.
Hastings and Steven drilled a borehole at Abraham Zulu’s house. George Chulu produced the pump.
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!
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.
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.
Hastings and Reuben made a tank at farmer 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.
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.
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.
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.
June & July 2017
Hasting worked as electrician these month, wiring a house.
Hastings drilled 4 boreholes and installed rope pumps this month together with his colleagues. One of them was at his own house.
Hastings was part of the team who drilled at Steven’s place. They drilled manually up to 23 meters.
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:
- Soil punching
- Mzuzu drilling with chisel, open and closed bailers
- Drilling using Jetting
- Drilling by Sledging
- Bapthist drilling (percussion)
- Corbel, open well covering
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.
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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.
This is part of a bigger project, sponsored by Aqua for All.