Desing Outreach

LifePump is a deep-well, progressive cavity hand pump designed to provide continuous water for rural communities.

Product description Brand name and product description

LifePump is a progressive cavity hand pump.  It is designed by humanitarian engineering nonprofit Design Outreach in partnership with World Vision, private donors and SEEPEX, a German-based pump manufacturer from Ohio which manufactures and provides the PC pumping element—the rotor and the stator—for the LifePump.

It is engineered for rural communities in need of water access, to reach depths of 100 meters, be long lasting and continuously supply a flow of water to the surface with the turn of its handle making it possible for anyone, regardless of strength or size, to access water – even children.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Africa, specifically Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi and Mali and other developing countries in need of deep well water access such as Haiti.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Design Outreach partners with other organizations such as World Vision and Water for Good to implement LifePumps.

Other partners that have contributed to the development of the LifePump include: The Water Project, SEEPEX, and others.

Design Outreach also works with Rotary clubs, such as Rotary Clubs of Delaware, New Albany, Tri-Village, Pataskala, and Sunbury-Galena in a project to make clean water more accessible in Haiti.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Each LifePump is funded by the support of donors. Companies, organizations or individuals can bring clean water to a village in Africa by sponsoring a pump campaign by contacting


Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.
SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Rural communities that without access to a reliable water source, where the water is too deep for traditional hand pumps.


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