Looking for an experienced business plan model on the maintenance of hand pumps or solar water in rural communities

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Looking for an experienced business plan model on the maintenance of hand pumps or solar water in rural communities

Humble greetings dear colleagues,
Please, can someone help me with the business plan experienced about the maintenance of the hand pumps or the the solar water in the rural communities? 
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Re: Looking for an experienced business plan model on the maintenance of hand pumps or solar water in rural communities

Dear Member Abdoula and
SuSANA Members

Subject : Handpumps and Solar Water Heaters at Rurals:
Both Operational principles and 
Maintainance practices, 
are needed to be followed with regularity and any alters to be attended upon keeping note on operational .manual

For more than 5 decades, our Rural regions have used a specific type of Hand pump named as INDIA MARK II 

As regards Solar Water Heaters it is of simple Radiator type configuration, and simple, differing region to region.

We request other Members to give more specific data on the aspects of O & M of 2 devices as referred. 

With best wishes and regards 
Prof Ajit Seshadri 
The Vigyan Vijay Foundation NGO at New Delhi.
Prof. Ajit Seshadri, Faculty in Marine Engg. Deptt. Vels University, and
Head-Environment , VigyanVijay Foundation, Consultant (Water shed Mngmnt, WWT, WASH, others)Located at present at Chennai, India
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Re: Looking for an experienced business plan model on the maintenance of hand pumps or solar water in rural communities

Dear Abdou,
Not a hand pump or solar water, but I recall seeing a micro electricity grid in a small tribal hamlet near Mumbai (India) and the experience may be relevant. Important to note that while the hamlet is not very far from the financial capital of the country, it is part of tribal belt which is not very densely populated, and connectivity is limited. Further, incomes are meagre as most practiced subsistance agriculture and/or depend of forest produce. 


Picture courtesy - Ankur 

The capital expenditure of solar panels and batteries, and initial installation costs were borne by a philanthrophic organisation. Every house was to allowed to connect  a fixed number of fixtures (a bulb and a fan) for a fixed number of hours. All the households contributed a fixed monthly charge for operations and maintenance. The charge was meagre and didn't include anything for any major maintenance or replacement of batteries. When I visited, the batteries were already nearing their end and the villagers were planning to approach the philanthrophic organisartion for new batteries. Clearly, while the villagers valued electricity and willing to contribute to its maintenance, they could not afford its capital expenditure not replacement costs. 

I hope this is helpful. 

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Re: Looking for an experienced business plan model on the maintenance of hand pumps or solar water in rural communities

Dear Abdou

For solar pumped systems, you can probably find what you are looking for here:  thesolarhub.org/solar-pumping-toolkit-wh...to-start-with-solar/

For different types of rural water service models and business ideas, have a look at this publication:  rural-water-supply.net/en/resources/details/944

If you want to connect with organisations that can share a business model with you, join the RWSN Sustainable Services community  dgroups.org/rwsn/sustainable_services_rwsn

All the best
Sean
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