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Banda in his garden

Water #meanstome: Increased Crop and Happy workers

Posted on: March 9, 2017
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In this blog, we’d like to introduce you to Otamile Banda. He’s a businessman who recently invested in a pump from one of our entrepreneurs, and we asked him what he thought of Self-supply having directly benefitted from it himself. Here’s what he had to say:

Banda in his garden
‘Since I own a garden area where I grow many different crops, I have always thought about investing in irrigation farming to make life easier for my workers, as well as helping to grow more crops. In particular, I grow tomatoes, many different types of vegetables, sugar cane and I have a tobacco nursery.’
‘However, despite having large amounts of many types of crop and fertile soil, my workers didn’t always have the time to collect water and irrigate the entire garden. This meant that I had less sales because I had less produce.’

Brighton installing the pump

‘Since Brighton (A Pump Aid Entrepreneur) installed the pump for me, I have been very impressed by the benefits I have received. The pump is easy to use and very convenient to operate. I haven’t had any problems with it since it was installed in June 2015! My workers are also very happy with my investment as they now don’t have to walk such long distances with the heavy water needed to irrigate the soil. It also mean that the entire garden is irrigated now, allowing for a full yield of crop. The tomatoes in particular are thriving! Before the pump was installed, my produce would make me about K20,000 (£22) a month, but now I am making more like K35,000 (£38.50) per month and hopefully this will continue to increase. Some of my customers have also seen an improvement in the quality of the tobacco I have produced which makes me very proud to be selling good quality crop.’

Banda's garden

‘I will always be thankful to Brighton for installing such a good quality pump which has made such a big difference to my family.

To read more about our Self-supply project and watch a video of our entrepreneurs in action visit the programme here.

To get involved with our World Water Day campaign, why not enter our photography competition here.