BENEFITING: KickStart-International, Inc.
KickStart International wrote -
Join the revolution to build a thriving middle class across Africa by giving the rural poor opportunities to create a profitable business and lift themselves out of poverty.
KickStart International is an award-winning, nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty quickly, cost-effectively, and sustainably. They do this by designing and mass-marketing durable yet affordable “MoneyMaker” branded irrigation pumps. KickStart realized long ago that with affordable irrigation tools, poor small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa can go from not growing enough food to growing enough to start a profitable business selling their surplus crops.
Low-cost ($70 and $170) pumps are purchased by very poor farmers who use them to irrigate their plots, moving from rain-fed subsistence farming to year-round commercial agriculture. These farmers increase their annual farming income through irrigation by ~500%—from $150 to $850. Additionally, through investments in livestock and poultry, and the ability to afford better seeds and fertilizers, farmers increase their total net annual household income by ~400%. For the first time they can properly feed and educate their children, afford healthcare, and plan for their futures.
KickStart uses donor funds to design the technologies, optimize the private-sector supply chains that deliver these tools to the most remote rural areas, educate farmers about the benefits and methods of irrigation, and closely monitor the impacts of this work. KickStart’s model for development empowers people by providing them the opportunity they deserve: to create a better life for themselves and their families.