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Sunny irrigation

A pay-as-you-go solar-powered water pump,
to increase the crop yield of smallholder farmers in East Africa.

  • Un homme utilise le système Sunny irrigation
  • Des personnes en train d'irriguer un champs avec le système Sunny irrigation

In operation in Kenya, Sunny Irrigation provides an irrigation solution based on a solar powered water pump. Aimed at farmers, it enables them to increase their production, thus contributing to increase their income and feed communities in a more sustainable way.

Responding to one of the problems faced by small-holder farmers

In sub-Saharan Africa, many farmers lack the financial means to acquire an irrigation system and face the challenge of accessing a reliable water source. They most often depend on very uncertain rainfall. During the rainy season, many crops are harvested simultaneously and create a surplus on the market, lowering the prices of the products and the income from the crop. 

To address these problems, Sunny Irrigation offers an affordable and portable irrigation solution. It allows farmers to increase the yield of their crops and generate higher incomes. 

A reliable and affordable pay-as-you-go system

The irrigation system proposed is a water pump powered by solar energy, the solar panel powers the pump motor which can draw underground up to 15 meters below the soil surface and irrigate a plot of land of 1/4 to 1 hectare depending on the season and the water level. As a result, farmers are no longer depending on rainwater.

The pumps are available to farmers on a pay-as-you-go basis, renting the product before acquiring it after eighteen months of regular payments. Once the payments are made, the pump is owned by the farmer. 

In addition to the equipment, Sunny Irrigation's offer includes an application, developed in association with agro-industrial partners, giving farmers advice on how to optimize irrigation based on crop and weather data to help them improve their crop yields. In addition to the equipment, Sunny Irrigation's offer includes an application, developed in association with agro-industrial partners, giving farmers advice on how to optimize irrigation based on crop and weather data to help them improve their crop yields.

Results

  • 40 small farmers use this solution.
  • Social and economic value creation in rural areas.

Why is Total Access To Energy Solutions supporting this project?

In addition to creating economic value, Sunny Irrigation's business model addresses the "last mile" in terms of access to energy and helps develop more prosperous communities, especially those in remote and rural areas.