Water in Africa is elusive. Droughts reduce supplies or farmers lack the technology to effectively use it. Subsistence farms are intentionally set up near rivers to better their chances at agricultural success. However, they often still lack efficient means of accessing the water so close to them. Reduced to manually carrying water from the nearby river to their fields, many farmers spend immense energy and time getting water to their crops.
According to water.com, women worldwide spend an average of 200 million hours per day transporting water from local sources to their crops. (To put that daily figure into perspective, that’s 913 women carrying water 12 hours a day for 50 years) While the Niger River contains enough water for many subsistence farmers, the issue of getting the water from the river to the crops is still a problem. Current Pumps addresses the manual transportation of water for local farmers.