Well digger, Hillary Phiri
Hillary is on the right track to inspire many other Zambians to escape poverty. Now he wants to expand his well digging business into manual drilling and pump installation. He is very happy that Jacana guides him in this process.
Hillary and Osward drilled a borehole for a private customer Mr. Kasama. Gideon produced the pump.
Hillary put a pump on an open well for Joyse Mtonga. Gideon produced the pump.
Joseph Kabwe produced a pump for a private customer: Masiye Women group. The borehole was drilled and a pump was installed by Hillary and and Moses Banda.
Hillary and Edward installed the pump on an open well. Joseph produced the pump for Bridget Chilwa.
Hillary deepened a well and installed a pump at private customer Brigit Kabwe. Brigit was not sponsored (Self-supply). The pump as made by Joseph.
Hillary 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).
Hillary Phiri, Micheal Soko and Edward Tembo deepened 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 has very 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, nowhe has a borehole and has expressed gratitude to Jacana for the work done. (Self-supply)
Hillary and his team encountered problems when drilling at Mr Felix Zulu’s farm.The place was quiet rocky, such that they had to move to three places within the same farm. In spite of all efforts to find water, Hillary and his team were not successful until they relocated to another plot belonging to Mr Felix Zulu. At this plot, Hillary 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.
Hillary 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.
Hillary 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 ; )
Hillary drilled 4 boreholes and installed rope pumps this month together with his colleagues. One of them was at his own house.
Welder Boston and driller Hillary made their first borehole for a fully paying customer.
Hillary Participated in the three weeks technical training conducted by Jacana. During the training Hillary was hardworking and paying attention to details. 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
Hillary attended the business and technical training in March 2018
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Jacana will support Hillary 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.
This is part of a bigger project, sponsored by Aqua for All.