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

Reinier VeldmanExciting results from Try and Buy filter pilot in Usisya
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UNICEF and DfID support Self-supply in Malawi

UNICEF and PumpAid have recently published a great video showing the effect of the SMART Centre work


The CCAP SMART Centre has been involved in a self-supply program of PumpAid funded through UNICEF and DfID. As one of the activities the SMART Centre trained area mechanics in the installation and maintenance of Rope pumps. Our welder in Kasungu, Mr. Brighton Kaniki was also involved in the self-supply program as supplier of pumps.


Recently, PumpAid published a short video portraying some of the businesses trained by the SMART Centre, showing promising results. This video shows the effect and potential of the SMART Centre work and the self-supply program of PumpAid.

Reinier VeldmanUNICEF and DfID support Self-supply in Malawi
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CCAP SMART Centre at RWSN conference

The SMART Centre Group and the local SMART Centres will be represented at the RWSN conference in Ivorycoast. The conference will take place from Tuesday November 29th – Friday December 2nd.

Reinier VeldmanCCAP SMART Centre at RWSN conference
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Mzuzu Drill is catching up

The CCAP SMART Centre has recently held a training on the use of ‘Mzuzu Drill’.

Mzuzu Drill is a low-cost method of drilling a borehole which has recently been developed through the SMART Centres. With the method you are able to drill a shallow well of up to 12 meters within 2 days and it can also be used to deepen existing (hand dug) wells which have dried

During the training the 12 participants constructed two wells to evaluate two different bailers used to drill the well. So far, six other wells have been succesfully drilled for private clients and we managed to also deepen one well

Two staff members from the Jacana SMART Centre in Chipata, Zambia also participated in the training and it has helped to exchange experiences and tips & tricks.

Reinier VeldmanMzuzu Drill is catching up
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Successfull Open Day at the SMART Centre

The CCAP SMART Centre team recently organised an Open Day for CCAP colleagues. Staff from different departments of the CCAP, Synod of Livingstonia, passed by to appreciate and learn more on the technologies the SMART Centre is promoting.

In the weeks before the Open Day the team worked hard to further build-up the demonstration ground through the installation of a number of pumps, the building of toilets and other SMARTechs.

An Open Day for the general public will follow soon.



Reinier VeldmanSuccessfull Open Day at the SMART Centre
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Rope pump training at the SMART Centre

The CCAP SMART Centre is currently hosting a Rope pump producers training. Two established welders (Mr. Brighton Kaniki and Mr. Allex Chakwanira) are training four new companies in the fabrication of Rope pumps. The companies have existing shops in Rumphi, Nkhamenya and Mzokoto and adding these to the SMART Centre will help to increase the visibility of the Rope pump.

During the training each producer works on a set of jigs to fabricate each part of the Rope pump. The jigs will help to standardize the Rope pumps as having uniform Rope pumps allows for easy maintenance and the changing of parts, as parts from different shops will fit.


Rope pump producers training


Reinier VeldmanRope pump training at the SMART Centre
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Opening of water system at Blindschool, Ekwendeni

20160411_095808At the school for Visually Impaired in Ekwendeni (about 20km North of Mzuzu) the SMART Centre has recently installed a water system and constructed a wash basin. The project has been carried out in cooperation with the GZB and Cypressa.

The school now has a borehole and storage tank which will help to reduce the cost of running the school. The SMART Centre will also install solar panels to be able to pump water during blackouts.

To increase the hygiene situation at the school a washbasin has been constructed by Mr. Gondwe and Helbert Makonda, two of the entrepeneurs trained by the SMART Centre. The washbasin by the children to wash their clothes and to wash their dishes after the school lunch.




Reinier VeldmanOpening of water system at Blindschool, Ekwendeni
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The SMART Centre involved in Cholera response through water filter distribution

The rainy season in Malawi has lead to an increase in the cases of cholera in the past years. Recently there have been ongoing outbreaks of cholera Karonga, one of the Northern districts of Malawi which have taken lives.

As a response to the outbreaks the SMART Centre has distributed 100 Tulip Siphon filters to households in affected areas reaching an estimated 600 people. Before the distribution local staff of the CCAP Development Department together with government health officials were trained on the use and maintenance of filters.

After six months the SMART Centre will conduct follow-up visits to assess the usage and to draw lessons for future distributions.


Reinier VeldmanThe SMART Centre involved in Cholera response through water filter distribution
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Income effect of the Rope pump

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.

If interested, the report can be downloaded through the following link: BSc Thesis – Rosendahl (2014) How do Rope Pumps Impact Household Income in Mzuzu

Thesis Robin Rosendahl

Reinier VeldmanIncome effect of the Rope pump
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