AIDFI Hydraulic Ram Pump

The project delivers water to water-less upland villages and farms through the AIDFI ram pump and a holistic package around it. The increased volume of water provides diverse benefits to the poorest.


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Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI)

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Globe Telecom

Market of Implementation

  • Afghanistan
  • , Colombia
  • , Nepal
  • , Philippines


Lack of easy access to drinking, household or irrigation water causes many challenges to the poor upland villagers and farmers. The amount of water once carried manually over high elevations and long distances is often limited to 40 liters and just enough for drinking, cooking and dish washing. The families, especially the women experience many challenges: time and money spent for fetching, kids skipping classes because of fetching, kids bullied at school for smelling caused by lack of bathing, skin diseases, water borne diseases, laundry far from houses and difficulties growing vegetables, raising animals. For upland farmers the challenge is that their hilly farms are rain fed and their crop cycles and therefore production is limited. Also, their farming has become risky because of the reality of Climate Change with sudden dry periods or excessive rains. Operational cost for electric or fuel driven pumps is too high for the farmers. Young people are not interested in farming.


Proud upland farmer with his ramp pumpAIDFI developed a crossbreed model of the forgotten but very potential hydraulic ram pump technology by taking the best of expensive commercial and inferior DIY models resulting in a durable and efficient pump produced in many different sizes. AIDFI manufactures the pumps and installs them in far flung communities including ethnic minorities, resulting in an average increase of water by tenfold and thereby changing the lives of the villagers. Problems related to water are being solved, including the safety by provision of filters. To make the systems sustainable a holistic package is applied from social preparation, set up and registration of water associations, training of local technicians and community participation. New innovations have been developed to arrange for a fairer distribution through water dispensing kiosks and a mobile app for monitoring of vital data reflecting the operation of the system and association. Farmers benefit from an increased or diversified production.  

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