Inventor of Kenya’s ‘MoneyMaker’ Irrigation Pumps Wins $100,000 Award

Posted on 23 April 2008. Filed under: Agriculture, Development, MDGs, Poverty |

The inventor of manual irrigation pumps used by peasant farmers in Africa has won the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability.

Martin Fisher is the co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit KickStart, which develops and markets tools such as the pumps that can help small-scale rural farmers.

Nearly 62,000 people in Kenya, Tanzania and Mali are running profitable businesses by using KickStart’s MoneyMaker pumps.

Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, says Fisher’s inventions have helped harness the entrepreneurial drive of many Africans.

The Lemelson-MIT Program will announce the winner of its $500,000 prize in June.

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great! thanks for sharing

How do I get in touch with the sales
department? I need to have bore hole to assist
the old lot in my Village.


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