In the northern province of Luapula, Zambia, there is a farmer named Mukia whose life has always been closely tied to maize cultivation. However, for many years, he faced the challenge of limited access to water, severely hampering his agricultural production. During the dry season, he had to walk several miles each day to the nearest river to fetch water and then transport it back home using ox-drawn carts.
But everything changed for Mukia when he encountered solar-powered submersible pumps. This innovative equipment, powered by solar energy, efficiently extracts water from deep wells, enabling farmers to easily irrigate their fields without relying on expensive fuel or electricity.
Mukia’s journey with the solar-powered submersible pump began on a sunny morning. He heard about this groundbreaking device at a gathering of a local agricultural cooperative, where a friend was sharing his success story of how his farm prospered with its use. Mukia became deeply interested and started exploring how to acquire this solar-powered submersible pump.
Through the cooperative, Mukia applied for a small loan, which was sufficient to purchase a solar-powered submersible pump and a set of solar panels. With the arrival of the equipment, he immediately felt the transformation in his life. No longer did he need to undertake long journeys on foot; he could effortlessly draw water from his fields, not only irrigating his maize but also cultivating more crops.
After using the solar-powered submersible pump for the first quarter, Mukia’s farm yield doubled. His maize grew robustly, and his crops flourished. This not only improved his family’s food supply but also allowed him to sell surplus maize, increasing household income.
Mukia is not the only beneficiary. His success inspired other villagers to invest in solar-powered submersible pumps as well. Gradually, the farmlands in this small village prospered, significantly enhancing the quality of life in the community.