KickStart is working to alleviate poverty and build a vibrant entrepreneurial middle class in Africa. Smallholder farmers use the MoneyMaker pumps to move from subsistence rain-fed agriculture to commercial irrigated farming to establish highly profitable family farms. To date, more than 150,000 families have used KickStart’s unique MoneyMaker pumps to irrigate their land and establish dynamic farming businesses.
KickStart conservatively estimates that 15 to 20 million households in sub-Saharan Africa could benefit from their MoneyMaker pumps. There is an incredible untapped potential for KickStart’s pumps across sub-Saharan African, where less than 4% of the farmland is irrigated. KickStart’s market-based model is focused on long-term sustainability and designed to be easily scaled and replicated across Africa to meet this market demand. Providing poor farmers with appropriately designed irrigation technologies is essential to their survival and offers a sustainable path out of poverty for millions of families.