- Area of Focus
- Poverty Solutions
- Mukono, Uganda
- Brief Description
- This project provided 150 Rainmaker bicycle pumps to poor families in the Mukono region of northern Uganda.
Two of the biggest challenges in Africa are food security and poverty. In Africa, 70% of the people earn a living and support their family by farming a small plot of land. However, they must rely on seasonal, unpredictable rainfall to grow crops, and when droughts come, it is extremely challenging to provide enough food for the family.
Uganda contains many different sources of water, including rivers, springs, and lakes. The challenge faced by the farmers is finding an effective way to transport available water. The Rainmaker bicycle-powered water pump is a solution to this problem. This tool allows each farmer to build a business by growing a second and third crop during the dry season. After feeding their family, they are able to take crops to market to sell. The proceeds enable farmers to pay for such things as schooling for their children, medical bills, and a place to live.
Assist International partnered with Rotary International, WomenFirst, and Project 41 to provide 150 Rainmaker bicycle pumps to poor families in the Mukono region of northern Uganda. On average, each farmer provides for a family of at least 7. We estimate that by distributing 150 Rainmaker bicycle pumps, 1,050 people will be lifted out of poverty. One farmer told us that his land was dry although it was just 20 meters from a small pond. He just had no way of transporting the water. When he received a Rainmaker bicycle pump, he said, “This is like a gift from heaven.”