Recently Robin Rosendahl, a student from Wageningen University conducted a research at the SMART Centre on the income effects of Rope pumps. As part of his research Robin visited 22 Rope pumps in and around Mzuzu.
Through the research it was found that, on average, the families increase their annual income with $180,- through the purchase and use of a Rope pump. This outcome further strengthens the case for the Rope pump and Self-supply.
The SMART Centre is involved in a Self-supply project Water for People is managing in Rumphi area.
In August 2015 the SMART Centre trained a group of 10 new drillers in the manual drilling and the SMART Centre will follow-up their progress throughout the project as well as assisting Water for People in the procurement and distribution of quality supplies for their project.
The first results show a motivated group of drillers that have great potential of growing into independant, profit making businesses providing the communities of Malawi with clean and safe water.