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poverty to prosperity in one season

A food secure future is possible.
KickStart equips entrepreneurs across sub-Saharan Africa with the irrigation tools to build productive, profitable, and climate resilient businesses.


Waiting on the Rain

80% of Africa's poor are smallholder farmers, and the vast majority of them rely on seasonal rains to grow their crops. Farmers plant and harvest at the same time, flooding the markets at low prices, and leaving much of their crops to rot before it is eaten or sold. This dependence leaves household incomes and food security vulnerable to long dry seasons and unreliable rainy seasons, trapping many in a cycle of subsistence and poverty.

KickStart's Solution

KickStart designs and promotes climate-smart irrigation technologies, which enable subsistence farmers to make their own rain, significantly increasing yields, incomes, and providing a real path out of poverty.

To-date, KickStart's tools have empowered over 1.4 million people to lift themselves out of poverty on their own terms. This is how we did it.

Our Impact

356,324
Pumps Sold
1,300,000
People out of Poverty
270,000
Businesses Created
13 million
People Fed Each Year
240,000
Jobs Created
$230 million
Annual New Farm Profits and Wages
Our Impact

Aqwalina changed her life.

Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Fighting Poverty


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