Pumpmakers launches virtual marketplace for its DIY Solar Pumps


Austria’s Pumpmakers has launched the Pumpmakers Platform, a virtual marketplace that provides individuals, local companies, NGO’s and volunteers with free access to the easy-to-use Do-It-Yourself Solar Pump and a global network to implement projects for everyone where there is a need for water.

Pumpmakers has successfully installed DIY Solar Pumps in Africa and Europe since 2012. Building on the success of these first projects, new Pumpmakers projects are set for Somalia, Morocco, Zambia, Cameroon and Tanzania.

The firm is expanding the Pumpmakers platform globally with new projects and project partners in the African region. To this effect, entrepreneurs, local companies, NGOs and simply individuals requiring water every day may register themselves free of charge on the platform and present their company, organization or project to a global community. Furthermore, Pumpmakers is on the lookout for new project entries and water wells as well as existing sources of water with and without water pumps (e.g. hand pumps or diesel-powered water pumps) which may be replaced by or equipped with a DIY Solar Pump.

Dietmar Stuck, an experienced Austrian well-builder, founder & CEO of Pumpmakers explains: “There is a huge need for safe, clean drinking water in Africa. To date however, more than 300 thousand hand pumps are inoperative or broken. That’s why our DIY Solar Pump and the Pumpmakers platform present an ideal solution. Project entries on our world map will provide us with the information we need to realize these projects together with our partners.”

Just basic DIY skills and a few parts that are readily available locally are required to assemble and install the solar pump. The pump-kit, piston and gear unit as well as suitable tools or advertising material can be purchased via the webshop of the multilingual platform. The parts needed for the pump tower can either be obtained locally or via the webshop. Videos and images provide step-by-step assembly instructions.

The new platform offers local companies and start-up entrepreneurs – the Pumpmakers – a straightforward business model and the support they need. Pumpmakers can present their services to the global community, network with NGOs, customers or fellow Pumpmakers, report on their DIY Solar Pump project and upload images and videos. A world map highlights water supply needs and shows the status of current projects.

Compared to many traditional water pump systems that are often maintenance prone and expensive, the investment of about $ 7,500 for the maintenance-free DIY Solar Pump is amortised over about one to two years. However, even individuals or volunteers who want to make a difference can help fight the global water crisis.

“Our goal is to provide thousands of people worldwide with access to safe, clean drinking water and give those wanting to start their own business the support they need. That is why we came up with a unique DIY concept. It makes people more self-sufficient and effectively helps fight the global water shortage and poverty,” summarises Dietmar Stuck.