April 4, 2016, marked the beginning of Futurepump’s first global Jamboree. The week-long event provided an exciting opportunity for the core design, manufacture, and sales teams to meet in person. The event was attended by representatives from nine different countries and marked a key point in the Futurepump story, in preparation for expansion.
Attended by the global Futurepump Ltd. team, the inventor of the pump from the Practica foundation, and field staff from NGO and 2013 innovator iDE, the week allowed the diverse team the chance to network and visit field sites where the pump is being put to use. Recent progress towards expanding sales of the SUNFLOWER pump through distributors has brought with it exciting opportunities with companies in other East African countries. The team was joined by future distributors from SolarNow, Uganda; Simu Solar, Tanzania; and Amazi Solar, Rwanda, who are looking at providing the pump in their respective countries in the coming year. The event gave the Futurepump team the opportunity to discuss current progress and also engage with the new distributors, providing technical training and marketing and sales discussions, too.
“We were delighted at the quality of knowledge-sharing during the week; great to see pump technicians and marketeers from nine different countries coming together to share experiences, ideas, solutions and suggestions…”
– Toby Hammond, Managing Director, Futurepump Ltd.
Recent progress from Futurepump has been helped greatly by the grant made available by Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) and the productive and positive week really helped to cement the business ideas for a secure foundation for growth and expansion. This will ensure more smallholder farmers across Africa and the world will be able to access cheap, clean, and sustainable methods of irrigation for their farms.
A 2015 PAEGC innovator, Futurepump’s flagship product is the SUNFLOWER solar pump. It is an easy to maintain, solar irrigation pump, powered by an 80W solar panel and built around a simple piston pump arrangement. The SUNFLOWER pump is offered on finance to lower the upfront cost barrier that smallholder farmers often encounter with solar technologies. Powering Agriculture is supporting the launch and trial of the financed sales offering which has enabled the scale-up of sales and increased the reach of the product to those who need it.