Well digger, Micheal Soko

Micheal Soko inspire many other Zambians to escape poverty. He wants to expand his well digging business into manual drilling. He is very happy that Jacana wants to guide him in this process. For this guidance Jacana asks a small financial contribution from you.

€ 400 raised now, still € 1,600 of € 2,000 needed.

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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

Guiding & Monitoring data

August 2017

Micheal 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

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

Drilling and Pump Micheal

Drilling and Pump Micheal

Drilling and Pump Hillary

Drilling and Pump Hillary

Drilling and Pump Edward

Drilling and Pump Edward

Drilling and Pump Hastings

Drilling and Pump Hastings

April  2017

Michael was part of the team who drilled a borehole at Steven’s place. They drilled up to 23 meters.

Micheal drilling at Stevens

Micheal drilling at Steven’s place

Drilling and Pump Steven

Drilling and Pump Steven


March  2017

Michael participated in the Jacana’s 3 weeks technical training. Throughout the training Michael was very active and 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

    Michael is jetting

  • Michael is a hardworking well digger and bricklayer. Recently he was contracted by the local authority to construct a market and has built many houses as well. Michael attended Jacana’s basic business training for 3 days. During the training he exhibited perseverance and eagerness to learn. Jacana believes Michael has the potential to become a great entrepreneur.Micheal For this reason, Jacana has selected Michael for the technical training in manual drilling of boreholes and rope pumps installation. Michael is eager to improve the water services in his community and serve as a role model for others in the village. In order for Jacana to train him technically and provide the necessary equipments we need your financial help. Every small amount is more than welcome.

Simply fill in (above) any amount you can afford.Thank you on behalf of Micheal Soko

Simply fill in the amount above.

Simply fill in the amount above.

Michael Soko is a well digger and bricklayer from Luangeni village. He has a wife and four children.


Manual drilling service provider, business plan


  • Hammer mill owners cannot find enough water for soaking the maize before grinding.
  • Hemmer mill owners cannot find affordable and durable pumps for their services.
  • Hemmer mill owners cannot find nearby water sources for their services.



Drill boreholes and install pump at their premises.

Try to drill in any location at the customer’s choice

All year round water provision.



Simple, market based and repairable technologies.


Obtained official training and recognition.


Hammer mill owners.


Hammer mill owners who are already accessing open wells from me.


High demand for service, increase in deliveries and new customers.


Word of mouth, phone calls,radio, t.v


I think that my customers(hammer mill owners) will like my service and that they will buy them in the future.


I will install one at home and ask the hammer mill owners if they like     GO:  If 2 out of 4 want my services then it is a GO.

the borehole and want to buy.


Labour K xxx



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Jacana will support Micheal in:

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

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