Commitment to Action

KickStart-Half a Million People out of Poverty

Commitment by

KickStart International, Inc.

In 2011, KickStart committed to creating 100,000 agri-businesses that will lift 500,000 people out of poverty over the next three years. KickStart developed a line of affordable, manually operated MoneyMaker Irrigation Pumps that allow farmers to easily pull water from a river, pond, or shallow well, and thereby generate new income. Through its proven market-based solution, KickStart's pumps will quickly enable poor African farmers to lift themselves from poverty to middle class in as little as four months. By enabling farmers to access water year-round, even in drought, KickStart will provide critical tools farmers need not only to safeguard their crops against future drought and climatic emergencies, but to lift themselves and their families out of poverty permanently. This commitment will be a scale up of a successful 2006 commitment to lift 400,000 people out of poverty through its pumps.

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Commitment

KickStart-Half a Million People out of Poverty

Launched

2011

Est. Duration

3 years

Region

Africa

Countries

Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Tanzania, Zambia

Commitment by

KickStart International, Inc.

Partner(s)

IKEA Foundation