Case study: Lilian
Lilian used to use a petrol pump, but it was too expensive to irrigate her farm.
Meet a farmer: Lilian from Kendu Bay, Kenya.
“The solar pump is so portable, even just one person can do it!”
Lilian has been using an SF1 to irrigate her 1.5 acres of bananas, maize, butternut, groundnut, watermelon and tomatoes. She grows these to feed her family and then any excess is sold at market. Until last year she used a petrol pump to irrigate the land, however, the generator and pipes were so heavy it required 2 or 3 people to help her. Fuel costs were also a problem, at about $8 a week, so when there was a lack of money for fuel they would irrigate manually, with every plant receiving a cup of water. The solar pump now allows her to irrigate 3 times a week easily and cheaply and she has already had a harvest this year much of which went to market for a good price.