Manual borehole driller, Micheal Soko

Micheal Soko inspires 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.

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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.

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February 2018

Micheal and Moses Banda drilled a borehole at Stelia Tembo.

Micheal Drilling at Stelia

Micheal Drilling at Stelia

Pump at Stelia

Pump at Stelia

January 2018

Micheal and his drilling team drilled a borehole and installed a pump at Mary Nkhoma.

Mary Nkhoma

Lundazi - Chipata

Lundazi – Chipata

Michael Soko and Moses Banda drilled the first borehole outside Chipata district in a small town called Lundazi two hours drive from Chipata. The customer Mulabizi Nyimbili is a headteacher and gave the borehole as a Christmas present to his parents. The customer paid for the entire operation, there was no sponsorship involved and the family is happy with the water which is a challenge in Lundazi. The pump was made by Gideon Phiri, who also took care of customer relation.

Mulabizi NyimbiliIn's pump in Lundazi district

Mulabizi NyimbiliIn’s pump in Lundazi district

Michael Soko and Moses Banda (who also made the pump) drilled a borehole at beekeeper Maria Ngoma.

Maria Ngoma's family and pump

Maria Ngoma’s family and pump

December 2017

What did 2017 do for Micheal?

What did 2017 do for Micheal?

Michael Soko, Edward Tembo 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.

Drilling at and with Crispin Daka

Drilling at and with Crispin Daka

Water recharche at Crispin Daka

Water recharche at Crispin Daka

Pump at Chrispin Daka

Pump at Chrispin Daka

October 2017

Micheal Soko, Edward Tembo 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.

Pump at Self-supply customer Singi Munalula

Pump at Self-supply customer Singi Munalula

The team drilled a borehole at Mr Frank Sakala’s farm which is on very sand 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)

The team drilling at Frank Sakala's farm

The team drilling at Frank Sakala’s farm


Pump installed at Frank Sakala's farm

Pump installed at Frank Sakala’s farm

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.

Drilling at Zulu's farm 

Drilling at Zulu’s farm

Second place of drilling

Pump at Felix

Pump at Felix

September 2017

Micheal 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.

Drilling at James Mbewe


Pump Installed

August 2017

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 operation.

Michael drilling at Uveren'Gapi

Michael drilling at Uveren’Gapi

Pump at Uveren'Gapi

Pump at Uveren’Gapi


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.

Drilling at Joshua Tembo

Drilling at Mr Joshua

Pump at Joshua Tembo's farm

Pump Installed

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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