Most smallholder farmers in developing countries still rely on traditional low productivity agricultural practices and on rainfall to cultivate their few acres of land. Many of them continue to irrigate small plots by hand. A burden that falls mainly on women and girls. In most cases, women and girls are also responsible for fetching drinking and household water – a task that often entails long and backbreaking walks.
With the sunlight pump the process of fetching water is automated, which increases productivity and can improve the standard of living of the whole family. Women now have more time to pursue other tasks.
It also opens up the possibility to become an enterpreneur and to increase the income by providing water pumping services to the community.
“Weighing only 14kg, the sunlight pump is designed so that it can be carried whereever you need it.”
Because of the light weight of the sunlight pump, it is possible to create a mobile setup which allows for the pump to be moved around freely and easily between irrigation regions.
«ennos is very proud to see the positive impact our product has already had in the lives of these women.» Karin Jeanneret, CEO of ennos
Another story of how women love to work with a sunlight pump comes from Honduras. There, a womens cooperative shares a sunlight pump for drip irrigation and household use. Through this system everyone benefits from its use and by splitting the costs, the financial pressure is low. This is only made possible again only because of the light weight of the sunlight pump and its mobility.
For the women in the ennos team it was very important from the beginning that the sunlight pump is designed to work also very easily for women. And the feedback from the field truly makes us think that the sunlight pump really is a solar pump made for women.