Training the local private sector in Simple, Market based, Affordable, and Repairable Technologies


The CCAP SMART Centre Malawi

The CCAP SMART Centre Malawi is member of the SMART Centre group www.smartcentregroup.com. This group is coordinated by MetaMeta.

Our vision is:

Safe water for drinking, water for productive use and sanitation with a focus on people in rural areas in Malawi.

Our Centre is unique because:

  • We have a range of innovative low cost technologies, the SMARTechs.
  • We train the local private sector in the production and maintenance of SMARTechs but also in new innovations and business skills.
  • We have the skills and facilities to test innovations before introducing them to the market.
  • We take the responsibility for long term follow up to assure the quality of our technologies.
  • We create a ‘Profit based sustainability’ because water points with SMARTechs are low cost, spares are available and it is based on the local private sector that will continue to thrive, in case the project ends, because they make profit.
  • SMARTechs reduce the cost of communal water supply and promotes and increases options for Self-supply (Private wells). Self-supply then results in increased family incomes and food security.
  • We are rooted in the (rural) communities through the cooperation with CCAP Development Department and the interaction with the local companies.
  • We ensure safety during the drilling and digging of wells through training and the development of safety tools.
  • The SMART Centre has a fully equipped workshop, which is used for trainings and demonstrations.
  • We represent the SMART Centre approach in (inter)national fora.

Highlights

January 2018 Training Program

From 16 - 26 January the CCAP SMART Centre is running a course in 'Basic Manual Drilling'. The Basic Manual Drilling training will train in the Mzuzu Drilling Technology. This basic manual drilling technology combines Auguring and Bailing is capable of drilling wells of up to 18 meters deep and is especially suitable for soft soils (sand, clay, small gravel). The method can also be used to deepen existing hand dug wells in order to ensure a year round supply of water. Course topics are:
  • Course outline: Theory of Manual Drilling (Mzuzu Drilling)
  • Basic Geology
  • Mzuzu Drilling toolset
  • Safety during drilling
  • Drilling as a business
  • Includes practice in the field
Those interested can contact the CCAP SMART Centre through reinier@smartcentremalawi.com or info@smartcentremalawi.com. Leaflet Training Jan 2018

Exciting results from Try and Buy filter pilot in Usisya

Recently the CCAP SMART Centre and Temwa, together with two Virginia Tech students, visited Usisya for a half year follow-up survey of the Try and Buy filter pilot. The survey has generated some exciting and interesting results on the adoption rate, the willingness to pay for filters as well as health effects of using the filter. Some highlights:
  • Off the households that collected the filter, 98% decided to keep the filter and pay for it after the Trial period has ended.
  • At least 80% of the households use the filter all the time.
  • Almost 90% of the households reported a drop in the frequency of diarrhea after they started using the filter.
  • Improved health, ease to use, taste & appearance of the water were key factors for households to decide to purchase the filter.
  • Over 95% of the users was able to demonstrate how to properly clean the filter.
Based on the findings a report has been written which can be downloaded through the link below:

Follow-up report Livuwi, Usisya

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