Training the local private sector in Simple, Market based, Affordable, and Repairable Technologies

The SHIPO SMART Centre Tanzania

The SMART Centre Tanzania is one of the units of the Southern Highlands Participatory Organization (SHIPO). It is a training centre for local entrepreneurs in the WASH sector. The role of the SMART Centre is to scale up the access to water and sanitation by means of building supply chains of innovative, cost-effective and market-based technologies and products. “SMART” stands for Simple, Market-based, Affordable and Repairable Technologies.

SMART Centre Tanzania contributes effectively to sustainable improvement in the living standards of poor people in Tanzania.

  • We have a range of 13 innovative low cost technologies so called SMARTechs.
  • We train the local private sector in production, maintenance of SMARTechs but also in business skills.
  • We do long term follow up on quality of our technologies
  • We create a “Profit based sustainability” as water points with SMARTechs are low cost, spares are available and the local private sector will continue their business after training.
  • SMARTechs reduce cost of communal water supply and increase options for Self-supply (for example private wells) and Self-supply results in increased family incomes and food security.


2018 Capacity Building, Monitoring and Certification for Local Artisans

Since 2012 Drink and Donate-ZH2O through SKAT Foundation has been supporting a training program organized by SHIPO SMART Centre in Njombe, at the Southern Highlands in Tanzania. In order to improve the sustainable access to water and sanitation in Southern Tanzania, the aim of the training is to provide technical skills to local entrepreneurs in the production and installation of rope pumps and in different techniques of manual drilling and hand digging.

407-Captured Water Points from December 2011 to October 2018

These are only water points that was captured by SHIPO SMART Centre Tanzania from December 2011 to October 2018; there are more than these  but it is impossible to reach all water points that have been brought direct from trained entrepreneurs due to different factor like distance, lack of fund etc.  

Rope pumps generate extra income

Recently the SMART Centre at SHIPO and its activities were assessed by Annemarieke Maltha. One of the conclusions was that Rope pumps used for Self-supply generate between 50 and 500 US$ extra family income per year. Read full report >>

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